University of San Diego's Ocean Sciences Bowl Puts Student Knowledge to the Test

What is the longest coral reef system in the world? Which state has the greatest amount of coastline?
High school teams from San Diego, Orange County and Nevada will take part in a regional competition for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl at the University of San Diego on Saturday, February 25. The event takes place from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in USD's Donald P. Shiley Center for Science and Technology on the west end of campus.
"This fun and exciting competition stimulates students interest in marine science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects," said Jennifer Prairie, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Ocean Sciences. 
Students will be quizzed on their knowledge of marine science by answering questions in the areas of biology, physics, chemistry, geology, geography, mathematics and the social sciences. 
Eight teams -- six from San Diego and one each from Dana Point in Orange County and Henderson, Nevada -- will compete first in round-robin play and then a double-elimination format to determine which school will advance to the 20th annual national competition in April in Corvallis, Oregon.
The eight schools scheduled to compete are from Scripps Ranch, Mater Dei, Carlsbad, Mission Bay, Christian, Canyon Crest high schools from San Diego along with 2016 defending regional champion Dana Hills from south Orange County and Green Valley High School from Henderson. There also will be a junior varsity competition for students to practice their skills.
USD's regional competition has been named the "Garibaldi Bowl" in honor of the bright orange California state fish found in our local San Diego kelp forests.
The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is run by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Each year some 2,000 students from 300 schools across the nation compete for prizes and a trip to the national competition.
Answers to the questions above are the Great Barrier Reef and Alaska.


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