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National Ocean Sciences Bowl
Southwest Region, February 24, 2007
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Corpus Christi Ecological Services Field Office (CCESFO) staff participated as judges, timekeepers, and general volunteers at the 9th annual Loggerhead Challenge of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB).  This Regional competition was held on February 24, 2007, on the campus of Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. The winning team from the Regional competition will go to the final national competition held later in the spring.  The NOSB is a nationwide academic competition among teams of high school students that is designed to test students' math and science skills as applied to topics on ocean (and Great Lakes) biology, chemistry, geology, physics, technology, history, and economics. This competition aims to enhance knowledge of the oceans by high school students, teachers and parents, along with increasing visibility and public understanding of the importance of ocean-related research to the nation. Among the goals of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl are increased awareness of the latest scientific research on oceans and linkages of marine systems with global climate and weather, economic well-being, history and culture; using the oceans as an interdisciplinary approach to connect biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and mathematics by giving students access to marine science education and scientific professionals; providing oceanographic research programs a networking opportunity with local high schools; enhancing student’s awareness of ocean-related career options; and serving as outreach to new students and communities to boost participation by populations under-represented in the ocean sciences.  Approximately 85 students participated.  The CCESFO provided a career and information booth at the NOSB Information Fair on February 23, preceding the competition. 

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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