National Science Oceanography Bowl

*The 2022 SPOONBILL competition is February 11-12 and is hosted by USF College of Marine Science*

  • Team Dinner with Scientist Guest Speaker - February 11th 5:30-7:30 PM
  • Competition Day – February 12th 8 AM-5 PM

COVID update: We are uncertain at this time whether the competition will be virtual OR in person - Stay tuned.

What is the NOSB competition? 

The NOSB is an academic competition and program that addresses a national gap in environmental and earth sciences in public education by introducing high school students to and engaging them in ocean science, preparing them for ocean science-related and other STEM careers, and helping them become knowledgeable citizens and environmental stewards.

What happens at the Spoonbill Bowl?

The Spoonbill Bowl consists of a round-robin and single-elimination formats for teams of high school students. The format involves a timed competition of multiple-choice or short-answer questions within the broad category of the oceans. Questions are drawn from the scientific and technical disciplines used in studying the oceans (physics, chemistry, geology, atmospheric science, biology, etc.) as well as topics on the contributions of the oceans to national and international economics, history, and culture.

Why do we have a competition?

It is our hope that during this competition teams, coaches and volunteers will have fun while increasing understanding about the oceans, advancing ocean literacy, and raising the visibility of ocean-related research.

Spoonbill Bowl Fans, thanks again to all who competed and supported last year's competition.

COACHES & TEAMS: If you are interested in competing in the Spoonbill Bowl please complete a TEAM Registration Form

Team registrations are accepted from September 15 - November 15.

There is a $100 registration due no later than November 15.

VOLUNTEERS: If you are interested in volunteering for the Spoonbill Bowl, please complete a Volunteer Registration form. Volunteers must attend two trainings between January and February. Training sessions are 1 hour.

Volunteer registrations are accepted from November 15 - January 15, 2022.

Volunteer Training Dates: TBD Trainings are January - February.

QUESTION REVIEWERS: If you are interested in volunteering to review questions for the competition, please send an email to greely@usf.edu. Questions are reviewed December - January.

QUESTIONS: Email Teresa Greely, greely@usf.edu or spoonbillbowl@gmail.com.