A team from Lexington High School were the winners of the 14th annual Blue Lobster Bowl, which took place at the MIT on Feb. 5. The bowl, organized by the MIT Sea Grant College Program and the Center for Ocean Engineering, is one of the 25 academic tournaments that comprise the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB). The 2011 Blue Lobster Bowl featured 130 students from 15 Massachusetts high schools. Second and third place wins were taken by teams from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.
Blue Lobster Bowl questions are presented in "buzzer" rounds (rapid-fire multiple-choice or short-answer) and the "team challenge," which gives students an opportunity to apply their critical thinking skills to questions involving real-time data and cutting-edge research and policy issues. The Blue Lobster Bowl questions cover marine biology, chemistry, geology, physics, navigation, geography and related ocean history, literature and public policy.
Lexington High has a history of strong showings in the Blue Lobster Bowl, with a team taking second place in the 2010 competition and first place in 2009. This year’s winning Lexington High Team will compete against 24 other regional champions in the 14th annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) from April 29 to May 1 at Texas A&M University in Galveston, Texas. In addition to the opportunity to travel to the national finals, teams vie for a variety of prizes, including scholarships, internships and educational trips.
Thanks to funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), all participating students are eligible to apply for the Coastal and Ocean Science Training (COAST) internship program, a four-week summer program in Olympic National Park; and the National Ocean Scholar Program, a two-year, $6,000 scholarship for students studying marine and coastal sciences. In addition, Blue Lobster Bowl participants are eligible to apply for two six-week paid summer internships at the MIT Sea Grant College Program.
The NOSB mission is to enrich science teaching and learning across the United States through a high-profile national competition that increases high school students’ knowledge of the oceans and enhances public understanding and stewardship of the oceans. Each year approximately 2,000 students from 300 schools across the nation compete in their regional tournament.
About MIT Sea Grant
The mission of the MIT Sea Grant College Program is to employ innovative research, education and outreach strategies to responsibly use and sustain the vital marine resources of Massachusetts. The issues we address manifest locally but many are global in nature. Compelling challenges demand our attention as a solo entity and in partnership with other groups living and working on the coasts and at sea. MIT Sea Grant brings the substantial intellectual abilities of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and our sister universities to bear on ocean-related challenges requiring an extraordinary technical contribution. In meeting these challenges, we expand human understanding of the ocean and establish the infrastructure to sustain the initiatives and talent pool needed to address complex issues of critical and fragile marine resources.