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GLIN==> National Ocean Sciences Bowl: Great Lakes Regional Competition (Feb 7, 2004)



Date: February 3, 2004


News Release

Top High School Students Compete in National Ocean Sciences Bowl: Great
Lakes Regional Competition

For immediate release, Ann Arbor, MI
Contact: Laura Florence, Laura.Florence@noaa.gov, Phone: 734-741-2262

Web site: http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/pr/nosb/cur/



Did you know that ocean "deserts" with limited life forms exist in some
surface waters of the ocean called tropical gyres?  You would, if you were
one of the 80 high school students from 11 high schools across the region
participating in the Great Lakes Bowl this Saturday at the University of
Michigan.  The winning regional team will go on to compete in the 7th Annual
National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) on April 24th in Charleston, South
Carolina, competing against 23 other regional champions from around the
country.



Port Hope Community School, last year's regional champion, is returning with
a strong team under the coaching of science teacher Elaine Biondo.  But
Regional Coordinator Laura Florence says that all of the returning teams are
formidable.



"The teams have been studying hard for this, and it's going to be an
exciting competition," says Florence.



Most coaches form study groups or after-school clubs to prepare for the NOSB
tournaments, and many students participate on their own time, outside of
their usual science classes.  They study from college and even
graduate-level textbooks to learn as much as possible about the
interdisciplinary ocean sciences, which include biology, chemistry, geology,
physics and mathematics.  The competition includes Q&A "buzzer" rounds and
team challenge questions.  A sample of quiz questions is available at

www.nosb.org.



The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is sponsored by the Consortium for
Oceanographic Research & Education (CORE) to encourage and support "the next
generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers,
researchers, technicians, environmental advocates, and informed citizens."
Approximately 2,000 students from 375 high schools participate. CORE
represents 74 oceanographic institutions, universities and aquaria, and is
funded by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, a collaboration of
15 federal agencies.



The Great Lakes Bowl is hosted regionally by the NOAA Great Lakes
Environmental Research Laboratory, the Cooperative Institute for Limnology
and Ecosystems Research, the Michigan Sea Grant College Program, and the
University of Michigan.  NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security
and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and
climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of the nation
's coastal and marine resources.  NOAA is part of the U.S. Department of
Commerce.



The competition  will take place on Saturday, February 7, at 8:00 AM and
will be held at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and
Environment Dana Building, 430 E. University.  Admission is free and the
public is welcome to attend.



NOAA Offices in Michigan:

Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory; Cooperative Institute For
Limnology And Ecosystems Research; Michigan Sea Grant College Program;
National Weather Service; National Ocean Service, National Marine Sanctuary
Program, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve
(Alpena); Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, Michigan Coastal
Management Program and; Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and
Services.



2004 NOSB News Release.doc

2004 Media Advisory.doc