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.
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