Delaware Sea Grant hosts marine science quiz competition for high school students
UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, Delaware will once more be the intellectual battleground for the 20th annual Chesapeake Bay Bowl on Saturday, February 3rd.
Hosted by Delaware Sea Grant for a third time, the marine science quiz competition will pit 12 teams of high school students from nearby states against one another for the title of regional champion.
The fast-paced competition tests students’ knowledge on the ocean and aquatic environments. Over eight rounds of competition, teams of 4 students compete head-to-head in both quick answer questions, as well as complex team based questions. Topics are fundamentally related to the ocean and span areas of studies such as biology, chemistry, policy and more.
The competition supports Delaware Sea Grant’s emphasis on increasing ocean awareness and environmental literacy with kindergarten through 12th grade audiences.
“The students prepare for months in advance of the competition. And while their main goal may be take home the championship and compete in Boulder, at the same time they are learning a tremendous amount about the ocean and watersheds. This information will make them more contentious stewards of our environment regardless of what their eventual careers may be,” said event organizer Chris Petrone, marine education specialist with Delaware Sea Grant.
The winning team will advance to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl finals competition being held in Boulder, Colorado, in April, where they will compete against the 24 other regional champion teams from across the nation for the title of national champion.
The national competition is sponsored by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership to encourage students to pursue a college degree and future career in the ocean sciences. Approximately 2,000 students from 300 high schools take part in the regional and national bowls annually.
High schools currently confirmed to participate in the 2018 Chesapeake Bay Bowl at University of Delaware’s Lewes campus are:
• Newark Charter High School, Newark, Delaware;
• Liberty High School, Sykesville, Maryland;
• Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Maryland;
• Lower Dauphin High School, Hummelstown, Pennsylvania;
• State College Area High School, State College, Pennsylvania;
• Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Vienna, Virginia; and
• Loudon Academy of Science, Sterling, Virginia.
Page Updated on January 16, 2018