The 22nd annual Alaska Regional National Ocean Bowl competition (known as the Alaska Tsunami Bowl) will be held at Seward High School on February 21-24th. This event is hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and has occurred in Seward every year since 1998. This year, 16 teams of students from as far as Mt. Edgecumbe and Unalaska will convene in Seward to test their knowledge of ocean science against one another in one of the most prestigious competitions for high school students.
Debuting in the 1990s, The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) was created by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership to address a gap in environmental and earth sciences in public education. The NOSB seeks to introduce high school students to and engage them in ocean science, preparing them for ocean science-related and other STEM careers, and helping them become knowledgeable citizens and environmental stewards. The winning team from each of the 25 regional competitions gets the opportunity to go on to the national competition, held in Washington, D.C. this year.
The basic NOSB event is a buzzer-style competition that tests ocean science knowledge with multiple choice buzzer questions and longer Team Challenge Questions that test problem solving abilities. The regional Alaska Tsunami Bow is unique in that it spans four days and incorporates the additional elements of a research paper, an oral presentation, and an art show (artwork will be on public display at the Alaska SeaLife Center during the weekend). Each team, made up of four or five students students, is scored on their research paper and presentation, which determines the seeding for the quizbowl rounds. The quizbowl portion of the weekend takes place on Saturday and Sunday, with round robin matches on Saturday and the championship/consolation rounds on Sunday.
Though the Tsunami Bowl requires tremendous dedication and rigor from the students and coaches, this event would not be possible without the hard working and loyal volunteers within the Seward community. Tsunami Bowl requires over one hundred volunteers annually to run smoothly, and more volunteers are always needed! If you are interested in volunteering, the link to signup can be found on the Tsunami Bowl Facebook page (@TsunamiBowlNOSB), by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 224-5261.
In addition to all of the amazing volunteers, coaches, and students, the Alaska Tsunami Bowl would like to thank all of their 2019 sponsors: Holland America, Kenai Fjords National Park, The Seward Chamber of Commerce Conference and Visitors Bureau, Shoreside Petroleum, Inc., Ray’s Waterfront Restaurant, and Carol Griswold.