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Contact: Phyllis Shoemaker, National Ocean Sciences Bowl Alaska Coordinator, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Marine Science, Seward Marine Center, 907-224-5261.

Brain Tease

Alaska high school students cram for ocean knowledge competition

SEWARD, Alaska—Students from high schools across the state are busy cramming for a major test. But it's not to pass the high school graduation exam, or even to get into college. No, this test is far more important.

In just a few short weeks, 50 of the state's brightest students will gather here to pit their knowledge of the oceans and Alaska's marine ecosystems in a battle to see who among them will represent Alaska in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) to be held in April.

So far, ten high school teams, some 50 students representing urban communities like Anchorage and rural villages like Kotzebue, have signed on to compete in the state's Fifth Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl Alaska regional competition. The three-day academic challenge begins February 22 in Seward, Alaska.

The event includes a fast-paced, tournament-style competition designed to challenge and recognize students' knowledge of marine science terms, topics and issues.

Teams also prepare and present a research project during the three-day competition. In this year's competition, teams must evaluate an Alaska wildlife species under human and/or environmental pressure and develop a plan for the species' recovery that considers impacts to local communities.

The team with the most points in these combined events will become the winner of the Alaska Regional NOSB competition. Beside receiving a host of prizes that include free first-year tuition at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the winning team will join 19 other teams from around the country to compete in the NOSB National Finals April 26–29, 2002, in Providence, Rhode Island.

Last year, a team from Juneau-Douglas High School won the Alaska competition and competed in the national finals.

This year's Alaska high school teams come from Eagle River, Seward, Soldotna (three teams), Cordova, Anchorage, Kodiak, Kotzebue and Ninilchik. Teams consist of five high school students and a coach who is typically a math or science teacher.

Also occurring during the academic contest is a competition of creativity in the form of a juried art show. Entries must depict marine subjects. Awards and prizes for Best of Show, First, Second and Third place will be given in three categories: Two-Dimensional (painting, drawing, and photography); Three-Dimensional (sculpture, pottery, jewelry); and Mixed Media (fiber, collage etc.).

Teams will give oral presentations about their projects Friday, February 22, at the Seward Marine Center's K.M. Rae Building. The quiz competition will take place Saturday and Sunday, February 23–24, at Seward High School.

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is sponsored by the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) in partnership with the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA). The Alaska regional competition is sponsored by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, with additional support from the Alaska Sea Grant College Program. Another major sponsor is the Ocean Alaska Science Learning Center, a cooperative effort of Kenai Fjords National Park and the Alaska Sea Life Center.

Websites of interest

NOSB Alaska Regional Competition

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