Education and Outreach

Coaches

 

Resources for Coaches


General Topics of Study

Please keep in mind that the questions for the NOSB will integrate fundamental concepts in physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and math in the context of the oceans. Although your students might not study the ocean sciences in any depth (pun intended!) during school, they should have a grasp of the basic concepts of physics, chemistry, etc., and therefore have a good foundation for figuring out the correct answer to the question. Questions on estuaries and the Great Lakes will be included.

 

Our list of topics is as follows:

  • Physics of the oceans
  • Chemistry of the oceans
  • Biology of the oceans
  • Geology of the oceans
  • Social Sciences, including economics, history, & human interactions
  • Ocean-related technology, including instrumentation, remote sensing, & navigation
  • Geography
  • Current events

 

Level of Difficulty

The level of difficulty of competition questions will generally correspond to that of an AP high school/introductory undergraduate course.

 

Books

These texts were recommended by the Technical Advisory Panel of the NOSB. Any ONE of these textbooks will address the breadth of topics that the questions in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl will cover. Purchasing information is provided below, but as a teacher you may be able to request a complimentary copy. You may find earlier editions of these texts by the same authors in the library. Generally, any edition published since 1990 will be adequate. Some of these authors (e.g. Duxbury & Duxbury, Gross & Gross and Thurman) have texts for high school as well, but the ones listed below are college level.


Duxbury, Alyn C.,Alison C. Duxbury and Keith Sverdrup. Introduction to the World's Oceans,7th ed. Wm. C. Brown, 2003. ISBN: 0-07-247280-4 Contact: McGraw-Hill Companies

Garrison, Thomas. Oceanography: An Invitation to Marine Science, 2005. ISBN: 0534408877 Contact: Brooks Cole Publishing

Gross, Grant M. and Elizabeth Gross. Oceanography: A View of Earth, 7th ed. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, 1996. ISBN: 0-13-231788-5. Contact: Prentice-Hall Publishing

Life on the Ocean Planet Contact: Current Publishing

Pinet, Paul R. Invitation to Oceanography, 3rd ed.Colgate University, 2003 ISBN: 0-763-7213-60 Contact: Jones & Bartlett

Segar, Douglas A. Introduction to Ocean Sciences, Dec. 2006 ISBN-13: 978-0-393-92629-3 Contact: W.W. Norton & Co.

Thurman, Harold V. & Burton, Elizabeth Introductory Oceanography, 9th ed. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, 2001. ISBN: 0-13-857061-2 Contact Prentice-Hall Publishing

In Depth Books

These books cover fewer topics, but the coverage is more in-depth. They have been designed for secondary grade levels. These would be good supplemental texts to any of those listed above.

Curriculum Research and Development Group. The Fluid Earth: Physical Science and Technology of the Marine Environment, 3d ed. U. Hawaii, Honolulu, 1996. ISBN: 0-937049-58-1. Contact: Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii Curriculum Research & Development Group

Curriculum Research and Development Group. The Living Ocean: Biology and Technology of the Marine Environment, 3d ed. U. Hawaii, Honolulu, 1996. ISBN: 0-937049-75-1 Contact: (see other CRDG text above)

Greene, Thomas F. Marine Science, 1998. ISBN: 0-87720-071-8 AMSCO order code: R 451 P Contact: AMSCO Publishing

Niesen, Thomas. The Marine Biology Coloring Book, Second Edition. ISBN: 0064603032

 

Periodicals

The following periodicals are all good sources of information regarding the oceans. While these magazines have been published for many years, for the purposes of the NOSB competition, contestants need only be concerned with information that has been published from the last five years.

Click on the title to visit a web site associated with the magazine. Some web sites have more information than others, such as complete articles on line, topic summaries, etc. All have online subscription information. Your local public library or school librarian should be able to provide more information on where these sources are located in your area.

  • Discover
  • National Geographic
  • Oceanus (the semi-annual report of current research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
  • Scientific American
  • Science News

 

CD-ROMS

Ocean Drilling Program's "Mountains to Monsoons" Cost: none Contact: Joint Oceanographic Institutions Tel: (202) 232-3900, ext. 244 e-mail: info@joiscience.org

Tasagraph's "The Theory of Plate Tectonics" Cost: $59 for first CD, $38.35 thereafter (plus s/h). Contact: Tasa Graphic Arts, Inc. Tel: (800) 293-2725 e-mail: TasaGraph@aol.com

Jet Propulsion Laboratory's "A Visit to an Ocean Planet" Cost: $0 for first CD (order on-line) Contact: Jet Propulsion Laboratory Tel: (818) 354-4321 e-mail: podaac@podaac.jpl.nasa.gov for multiple copies http://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov/ for a single copies

 

Web Sites

There is a lot of good information on the World Wide Web on the oceans. However, there is also no quality-control mechanism. For this reason, we are restricting our recommendations to U.S. Government web sites and "The BRIDGE". Once you leave the government domain via a "link", there is no certainty that the information you find there is valid. These sites are offered as starting points and, therefore, these URL's are the most general ones for each agency. In some cases, particular pages of note within an agency's web site are listed as well. These sites are a treasure trove of information, but as with most treasures it takes some time to find what you are seeking! We recommend that you use these sites mostly for studying about ocean-related current events.

  • Ocean Literacy
  • Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • NOAA ocean related pages
  • Oceanographer of the U.S. Navy (and subordinate commands)
  • Neptune's Web from the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC)
  • National Aeronautics & Space Administration's Earth Science Enterprise
  • National Science Foundation's Directorate of Geosciences
  • Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Public Affairs
  • U. S. Geological Survey Check out the USGS "Learning Web"
  • Mineral Management Service (MMS)
  • BRIDGE Ocean Sciences Teacher Resource Center
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Education Programs

There are currently four community-based and nationally recognized programs offered through E & O: The Oceanography Camp for Girls (OCG), the In-Service Teachers Oceanography Workshops (In-TOW), the OCEANS Teaching Fellowships (formerly GK-12), and the regional Spoonbill Bowl Competition for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB).

 

The Oceanography Camp for Girls

OCG was developed to inspire and motivate young women entering high school to consider career opportunities in the sciences. Each three week program provides hands-on, real-world experiences in both laboratory and field environments. For more information visit the OCG website and our OCG promo video.  To make a contribution: Members of the community please contact Teresa Greely,727.553.3921. Faculty and Staff please visit the campaign website.

 

In-Service Teacher Ocean Workshops (In-TOW)

 

In-TOW provides teachers with marine science learning experiences that engage participants in current and emerging ocean research and technologies. The oceans are presented as an ideal model for teaching integrated scientific concepts and processes, examining environmental issues, and problem solving.  Program activities include inquiry-based workshops, experiential learning, coastal field trips, research cruises, laboratory research projects, teaching modules and lesson plans, and follow-up support during the school year.  Visit the Overview Page for upcoming Teacher Professional Development opportunities. TPD include GLOBE: A Hands-On, Inquiry-Based Environmental Science & Education Program for Florida Teachers; NOAA Ocean Explorer series: How Do We Explore for Florida Teachers; NOAA Gulf of Mexico B-WET program for Florida Teachers; and C-IMAGE Teacher at Sea program.  

Visit these links for additional information about Teacher PD: NOAA Ocean Explorer: Onsite Workshops

For more information contact Teresa Greely.

 

OCEANS Teaching Fellowships (Formerly GK-12)

 

OCEANS Teaching Fellowships seeks to provide opportunities for graduate students to serve as scientists in K-12 classrooms. Training provides Fellows with current trends and practices in science education, opportunities to develop inquiry-based instructional skills, enhanced teaching skills, and strategies to communicate scientific concepts effectively to a broad array of audiences. Visit the OCEANS Teaching Fellowships website.

 

Spoonbill Bowl - National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB)

 

Spoonbill Bowl as part of the National Ocean Science Bowl is a regional ocean sciences brain bowl for high school students who form teams to compete with other teams along Florida's west coast. The NOSB promotes ocean literacy, stewardship and the critical role of the oceans to our everyday lives.  For additional information visit the Spoonbill Bowl website.

 

Graduate Courses

 

The E&O staff in collaboration with faculty from USF-CMS, offer graduate courses that help develop or improve professional skills in teaching and communicating science. Courses include:

  • Scientists in the Classroom
  • Experimental Learning in Marine Science
  • Teaching Marine Science I & II
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FAQs

 

When is the regional competition this year?

February 23, 2013

 

Where will the Spoonbill Bowl be held?

USF St. Petersburg Science & Technology building and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation building in downtown Saint Petersburg, FL.

 

How many teams can enter?

We can accommodate up to 12 teams for the regional competition based on budget and facility availability.

 

Can parents/public attend the event?

Absolutely, but lunch can only be provided for teams and volunteers. There are many restaurants in downtown St. Pete for guests who would like to attend.

 

Can a school enter more than one team?

Based on number of teams registered by deadline, notice will be given in November if more than one team will be allowed. This is on a first register, first serve basis.

 

Where can I find practice buzzer questions?

  • The national website has sets of past questions, both buzzer and team challenge.
  • Some buzzer questions are generated by team members and used during coaching sessions.
  • Many oceanography texts have chapter review questions that can be adapted for buzzer and team challenge questions.

 

How do I become a volunteer for the event?

  • Volunteers are needed for the event and responsibilities can be found on the national website, www.nosb.org. Volunteers are the backbone of the event and will receive an event day shirt as well as lunch.
  • Volunteer training is provided prior to the event to learn roles and responsibilities.
  • Please contact psuprena@mail.usf.edu, for registering as a volunteer for the bowl.

 

How can I find out more information about the Spoonbill Bowl?

Contact psuprena@mail.usf.edu for complete registration details and event day information.

 

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For Educators

 

Professional Development Workshops

E & O offers professional development workshops for K-12 teachers and other educators. The professional development series offered varies each year. Most training takes place at the Clam Bayou Marine Science Center. Examples of PD series include:

  • Secrets of the Sea Series
  • USGS Earth and Environmental Sciences Series
  • NOAA Ocean Explorers Series
  • GLOBE Environmental Science Series

The workshops are especially designed for in-service K-12 teachers but available to all educators, through our InTOW program.

 

OCEANS Lesson Plans

We are in the process of creating a wonderful bank of effective and meaningful lesson plans, which will become available online very soon. These lesson plans have been created or modified by the graduate students at our college who have been GK-12 OCEANS Fellows.

 

Field Trips

 

Useful Web Resources

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For Scientists

The Office of Education and Outreach (E&O) is a collaborative research partner within the College of Marine Science. Our services include the following as benefits to our college scientist community.

 

Proposal Preparation

The E&O office collaborates with research faculty to enhance proposals by providing the Broader Impact and Education components of competitive grants. The process generally involves research faculty meeting with E&O staff to discuss the research foci, timeline, and objectives.

E&O staff review the research concepts and provide a summary outline of E&O components and activities that align best with the research foci and timeline of the project. Most often projects align well with our existing E&O infrastructure of programs so the process is seamless to integrate research and educational goals of the proposals.

 

Professional Development

The E&O staff offers opportunities to scientists and graduate students who are interested in learning and/or improving their teaching and communication skills. E&O staff can help you tell your science story in an effective, accurate and engaging way that positively reaches multiple audiences.

The graduate courses offered by the E&O staff help graduate students advance their professional skills in teaching & communicating science. Other topics include grant writing, course preparation, and contributing to ocean literacy. Courses offered include: Scientists in the Classroom, Experiential Learning in Marine Science, Teaching Marine Science I and II.

 

Research Promotion

The E&O staff can also work with scientists to develop professional materials that describe and promote their research's relevance and societal value within the broader community. The E&O will help plan, design, and promote these materials for distribution at schools, professional meetings, exhibits and community events.

 

Involvement in CMS-E&O Educational Programs

The E&O invites and encourages all faculty, research scientists, graduate and undergraduate students, and our local community of scientists to participate in and support our programs. Join us as science mentor for the OCG, as a science judge or moderator for the Spoonbill Ocean Sciences Bowl, or design and lead a lab or demonstration activity for any of our programs.

Participating in the college's E&O programs is a meaningful and fun way to share your science with the larger community and engage with science peers to advance ocean literacy and career interests.

 

Additional Web Resources

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Graduate Courses

Graduate Courses to advance Professional Skills in teaching & communicating science. Other topics include grant writing, ocean policy, and contributing to public ocean literacy. Courses include Scientist in the Classroom, Experiential Learning in Marine Science, Teaching Marine Science I & II.

Print course offerings

 

Scientist in the Classroom (3 graduate credits)

This course will provide students with a theoretical framework, practical knowledge, and skills required to successfully design, implement, and evaluate effective science learning. Starting with a survey of what content and skills teachers need in order to incorporate standards and FCAT testing criteria into their teaching practice, students will design and teach science based modules. Modules will include classroom or field-based activities that emphasize science as inquiry and teaching strategies for inquiry that model authentic science research. Topics to be covered include how people learn, national science standards and their implementation, effective educational assessment techniques, cooperative learning design, and inclusive learning strategies that engage all learners (e.g. marginalized). Guest lecturers, on-line resources, visits to classrooms, and field trips will be part of the course format. Course format may be modified to address the interests and needs of participating students.

 

Experiential Learning in Marine Science (3 graduate credits; 4 Undergraduate credits)

This course examines marine science concepts and inquiry-based learning strategies through teambuilding, lab-based research experiences, and field explorations to local marine environments. Learning activities and research tools demonstrate how science concepts are integrated to address real world problems and questions. The science content standards for earth, life, and physical sciences as well as science as inquiry are embedded within the marine sciences. Students will exit able to plan and conduct classroom based research projects as scientific inquiries that incorporate near real-time data streams, fieldtrips, and other tools of science, and design problem based learning modules. National science education standards emphasize the importance of authentic research experiences, safe places to practice, and programs designed to suit students’ individual interests and strengths. Marine science provides a unique opportunity to create such learning environments while focusing on real world problems with local relevance and global impact.

 

Teaching Marine Science I and II (1-3 graduate credits; 3 Undergraduate credits)

This is a one-year series of courses designed to enhance participants’ science teaching and science communication skills. The course will provide students with the opportunity to engage K-12 teachers and/or students in ocean science learning. Students will a) design and deliver learning opportunities that facilitate science as inquiry, and b) practice teaching strategies as inquiry using the 5E instructional model. Learning activities and research tools demonstrate how science concepts are integrated to address real world problems and questions. Students will plan and conduct classroom based research projects as scientific inquiries that incorporate near real-time data streams, fieldtrips, and other tools of science, and design problem based learning modules. Students will serve as science resource experts in K-12 classrooms for 10 hours a week during this course. Students will strengthen both science teaching and communication skills by developing unique marine science learning environments that focus on real world problems with local relevance and global impact.

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Keynote Speakers

Dean Dixon

2012: Dr. Jacqueline Dixon

Dean, University of South Florida, College of Marine Science

Dean Dixon is an internationally recognized Geochemist and experienced Professor. Her research specialties are mantle geochemistry and submarine volcanism. She has 34 published articles in top-ranked journals, including Nature. Dean Dixon brings to CMS a passion for research, graduate education and scientific advancement. Furthermore she strongly supports education and outreach endeavors to share the critical role marine science plays in current world issues.

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Meet the Staff

Teresa Greely

Teresa Greely
Faculty Coordinator Education & Outreach
Biological Oceanographer & Science Educator
Ph.D.,University of South Florida, 2008
Office Phone: 727.553.3921
Email: greely@usf.edu
CV: View PDF

 

 

 

Areas of Interests

Ecology and physiology of oceanic and estuarine fishes, age and growth, graduate and undergraduate teaching, teacher education, ocean literacy, and communicating science.

Dr. Greely provides expertise in the areas of biological oceanography, ecological physiology, marine fishes, and ocean science education. She has broad research interests which encompass teaching and training about the ocean sciences in three areas: graduate and undergraduate education, teacher education, and ocean literacy amongst youth. She currently coordinates four education programs: The Oceanography Camp for Girls (OCG), the In-service Teacher Oceanography Workshops (In-TOW), the National Ocean Science Bowl's regional Spoonbill Bowl competition, and the OCEANS Teaching Fellowships.

In addition to teaching natural sciences and science education courses, Dr. Greely, also developed a series of graduate courses focused on teaching and communicating ocean sciences. Programs and courses are designed to teach science parallel to the way science is practiced in a research setting: courses are inquiry based, experiential, and learner guided.

Dr. Greely's current research encompasses Ocean Literacy and reasoning about ocean issues by determining the influence of content, experience, and morality. The objective is to determine what youth around the world know about the ocean, what their attitudes are about ocean stewardship, and what they think about ocean issues.

 

Angela Lodge

Angela Lodge
Training & Recruitment Coordinator
Social Scientist
Ph.D., International Seminary, 2009
Office Phone: 727.553.3921
Email: alodge@usf.edu
CV: View PDF

 

 

 

Areas of Interests

Human relations, youth development, teacher trainings, science and ocean education, ocean literacy.

Dr. Lodge has dedicated her professional career to improving the lives of others. Before joining USF College of Marine Science Dr. Lodge was a certified social worker and teacher for
Pinellas County Schools. She has held several social worker and other human relations positions that allowed her to relate with individuals from diverse racial and socio-cultural backgrounds.

She facilitates professional trainings geared towards helping individuals improve communication and interpersonal relation skills. She enjoys being able to work with teachers and graduate students to improve science learning for students.

As a member of the CMS Education and Outreach team Dr. Lodge combines her skills with the ocean scientists to bring a balanced holistic approach to the college. She coordinates and facilitates teacher trainings and field experiences for various education and community groups.

She implements and provides trainings that prepare the scientific team to communicate effectively with each other and with the teens that participate in the Oceanography Camp for Girls that she co-directs each summer. She combines her skills as a social scientist with the ocean scientists to make science learning fun and meaningful, in a way that truly sets her apart.

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Ocean Literacy Research

Ocean literacy is an international issue necessary to sustain environmental, economic and human health. Ocean issues with conceptual ties to science and society have captured the attention, imagination and concern of international audiences: Global climate change, over fishing, pollution, freshwater shortages, energy and commerce. We look increasingly to the ocean for our everyday needs and sustainability.

However, a broad disconnect exists between what scientists know and the public understands about the ocean. Thus, there is a critical global need to advance ocean literacy. This book provides new metrics for ocean literacy and introduces ocean socioscientific issues (OSSI) and stewardship as essential components.

Three questions are analyzed: What teens understand about the ocean, how they feel about ocean stewardship, and how understanding and feelings are organized when reasoning about ocean socioscientific issues. The analysis should help shed light on current US ocean literacy constructs to go beyond cognitive understanding and include engaging learners in how to apply what they know through actions as citizens, stewards and consumers.

Reference:

Greely, Teresa, "Ocean literacy and reasoning about ocean issues: The influence of content, experience and morality" (2008). Theses and Dissertations. Paper 271.

Greely, T. M. and Lodge, A. "Measuring Ocean Literacy: What teens understand about the ocean using the Survey of Ocean Literacy and Egament (SOLE)" American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2009, abstract #ED32A-08.

Greely, Teresa (2010) "Ocean Literacy and Reasoning about Ocean Issues" Lambert Academic Publishing ISBN 978-3-8383-4638-0, paperback, 240 Pages

Greely T., Lodge A., Betzer P., Pyrtle A., and Ivey S. "Broadening the Impacts of Graduate Education and Training: Contributions to Ocean Literacy & Communications Across Disciplines"

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Outreach Programs

We have compiled a list of outreach programs offered by individual labs within the College of Marine Science.  In addition, there are helpful links here to career Information, Internships and other marine science outreach programs.

 

Marine Science Lab Outreach Projects

 

Former Education & Outreach Programs

These programs provide great lesson plans based on CMS research.

 

Other Community Programs

Great programs for middle & high school students to explore.

         - Local Chapters:

Careers in Oceanography

 

Additional Web Resources

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Overview

Education and Outreach Program

Our mission is to increase public understanding of the oceans, provide educators (teachers) formal coursework in ocean sciences, and advance the science teaching and communication skills of our graduate students. It is our hope that our programs and courses will inspire and educate the next generation of scientists and educators, while encouraging the 'citizen scientist' in everyone.

Our programs are interactive and interdisciplinary providing experiential learning via research cruises, coastal field trips, research projects, and web-based technologies. State and federal agencies, businesses, and individual supporters are an integral part of the success and continuation of our programs.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

 

2017 Spoonbill Ocean Sciences Bowl Competition

FEBRUARY 18th, 2017 – St. Petersburg, FL

Host: USF College of Marine Science
 
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Overview

NOSB

 *** Spoonbill Bowl 2018 SAVE THE DATE***

Greetings Spoonbill Bowl Fans,

Thanks again to all who supported and assisted with the 2017 competition. The 2018 Spoonbill Ocean Sciences Bowl competition will be held on Saturday, FEBRUARY 24, 2018.


If you are interested in volunteering more information and volunteer registration links are provided following highlights from the 2017 Spoonbill Bowl competition below.

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SPOONBILL 2017

On Saturday February 18, 2017, USF College of Marine Science hosted the 2017 Spoonbill Bowl Competition.  At 7:30 in morning 18 teams from 13 from Florida’s West Coast regional high schools arrived, ready to have breakfast and start the day.  It was a fun filled day of fierce competition and lots of ocean science education for all involved -- teams and room officials alike. This year’s event could probably be considered one of the most exhilarating! The competition had many tie- breaker rounds going into the afternoon elimination rounds. The air was filled with nervous energy as the players of the final rounds took their places.


The winning round was played by the defending 2016 Champions, the Academy of Environmental Science (AES) A- Team, and the 2015 Champions, Eastside High School A-Team. When the final round’s time clock sounded it was Eastside High School’s A-Team from Gainesville Florida that emerged as the 2017 champions.  The Academy of Environmental Science (AES) A- Team won second place and the AES B-Team won third place. The Sportsmanship Award was won by Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School from Bradenton Florida. Continuing a Spoonbill tradition of a team t-shirt contest, the Durant High School team won the competition.


This event would not be possible without the overwhelming support of volunteers from the College of Marine Science and many of our neighboring marine agencies—Eckerd College, USFSP, USGS, FWRI, NOAA Fisheries, Florida Aquarium, Ocean Optics, Center for Open Exploration, Florida Marine Science Educators Association, Florida Sea Grant and World Power and Water.

 

Below are Pictures of Spoonbill 2017 Winning Teams

The 2017 Spoonbill Champions

School Name: Eastside High School
Coaches: Anne West Valle
City: Gainesville
State: Florida
2017 Spoonbowl 1st Place Winner - Eastside High School
 


Second Place

School Name: Academy of Environmental Science - Team A
Coaches: Ward Cooper
City: Crystal River
State: Florida
Academy of Environmental Science


Third Place

School Name: Academy of Environmental Science - Team B
Coaches: Ward Cooper
City: Crystal River
State: Florida
Academy of Environmental Science - Team B


Sportsmanship Award

School Name: Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School
City: Bradenton
State: Florida
Sportsmanship Award Winner Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School


T-Shirt Competition Winner

School Name: Durant High School
City: Plant City
State: Florida
T-Shirt Competition Winner with Coaches Jeremy Lynch and Kelly Cook

 
School # Teams
AES (Academy of Environmental Sciences) 2
Baron Collier 1
Canterbury Schools of Florida 2
Durant 1
Eastside 2
Lakewood 1
Osceola 1
Oviedo 1
Riverview 1
St. Stephens 1
Seacrest 2
Strawberry Crest 1
Wharton 2


We Need You To Volunteer

E-mail Angela Lodge at alodge@usf.edu or
 

Follow the Link below for more information and to complete volunteer registration form

 


Spoonbill Volunteering

 


- One of 25 regional NOSB Sites
- Sponsored by Consortium for Oceanographic LEADERSHIP
- 1-day academic bowl focusing on disciplines in oceanography
- Teams of 5 High School students compete for regional title
- Regional winners move onto the National Competition in April
- Spoonbill Bowl Schedule - Coming Soon - February 13, 2016
Who: Teams of 4 students, an alternate, and a coach from high schools from the west coast of Florida.
What: The Spoonbill Bowl consists of a round-robin/single-elimination format for teams of high school students; teams consist of four students plus one alternate and a coach. 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 from topics on the contributions of the oceans to national and international economics, history and culture.
Where: USF College of Marine Science, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and Florida Marine Research Institute. Click here to view USF St. Petersburg Map
Why: The overlying goal of this competition is intended to increase knowledge of the oceans on the part of high school students, their teachers and parents, as well as to raise the visibility and public understanding of the national investment in ocean-related research.
How to register: Please e-mail TERESA GREELY for information about registration. Registration will open on October 1st. Teams will be registered for competition on a first to return completed paperwork, first registered basis. All applications must be received no later than November 15th.
Please visit National Ocean Science Bowl for additional competition information, team resources, and other student opportunities.
Regional Coordinator: Teresa Greely and Angela Lodge
West Coast, Florida
College of Marine Science University of South Florida
140 7th Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Fax: 727-553-1189
Phone: 727-553-3921 OR 727.552.2281

Volunteers

Volunteers who join the event each year are from the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, USGS Coastal & Marine Science Center, Florida Marine Science Educators Association, USF Marine Science, USFSP, Eckerd College, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Florida Aquarium, Mote Marine Labs & Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, Oceanography Camp for Girls Alumnae, Ocean Optics and NOAA Fisheries. Follow the links below for details on Volunteer Roles including, Moderators, Science Judges, Rules Judges, Scorekeepers, Timekeepers, Runners and Expert Science Judges.
 
Important dates to remember: 2017 SPOONBILL Competition: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Volunteer Sign–Up: December 15, 2016 (Join us, send an email to alodge@usf.edu
Volunteer Training dates: Weekly during January
Competition Question Review: December & January for Moderators and Science Judges


FAQs

 

When is the regional competition this year?

February 18, 2017

Where will the Spoonbill Bowl be held?

The Spoonbill Bowl competition takes place in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida at the USF St. Petersburg campus. The competition takes place in several buildings including USFSP Science & Technology building, Florida Marine Research Institute, and USF College of Marine Science.

How many teams can enter?

Generally, the Spoonbill competition can accommodate up to 16 teams depending on budget and facility availability.

Can parents/public attend the event?

Absolutely, but lunch can only be provided for teams and volunteers. There are many restaurants in downtown St. Pete for guests who would like to attend.

Can a school enter more than one team?

Based on the number of teams registered by our deadline, notice is generally given in December if more than one team will be allowed. All B Teams will be selected by a random drawing and may be called upon as late as competition day.

Where can I find practice buzzer questions?

  • The national website has sets of past questions in two formats buzzer and team challenge.
  • Some buzzer questions can be generated by team members and used during practice sessions.
  • Many oceanography texts have chapter review questions that can be adapted for buzzer and team challenge questions.

How do I become a volunteer for the event?

  • Up to 60 Volunteers are needed for the event
  • Role responsibilities can be found on the regional and national website National Ocean Sciences Bowl
  • Volunteers are the backbone of the event and will receive an event day shirt as well as meals
  • Volunteer training is provided prior to the event to learn and practice roles and responsibilities.
  • Please contact Teresa Greely, greely@usf.edufor registering as a volunteer for the bowl.
  • Please visit Spoonbill Volunteering

 

How can I find out more information about the Spoonbill Bowl?

Contact alodge@usf.edu for complete registration details and event day information.

 

2015 Winning Teams

1st Place: Eastside High School

2015 Champion with Coach Anne West-Valle
2015 Champion with Coach Anne West-Valle

 

2nd Place: AES (Academy of Environmental Science)

Academy of Environmental Science
Academy of Environmental Science

 

3rd Place: Durant

Durant
Durant

 

Sportsmanship Award Winner: Seacrest

Sportsmanship Award Winner: Seacrest
Sportsmanship Award Winner: Seacrest

 

T-Shirt Competition Winner: OCG (Oceanography Camp for Girls)

T-Shirt Competition Winner: OCG (Oceanography Camp for Girls)
T-Shirt Competition Winner: OCG (Oceanography Camp for Girls)
 

2015 Schools and # Spoonbill Teams

School # Teams
AES (Academy of Environmental Sciences) 1
Baron Collier 1
Canterbury Schools of Florida 1
Durant 1
Eastside 2
Lakewood 2
Mitchell 1
OCG (Oceanography Camp for Girls) 1
Osceola 1
Riverview 1
Seacrest 2
Strawberry Crest 2
Wharton 2

 

2014 Winning Teams

1st Place: Eastside High School

2nd Place: Durant High School

3rd Place: Strawberry Crest

Sportsmanship Award Winner: PACE Center for Girls

 

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Teams

National Ocean Sciences Bowl

Team Results 2014

1st Place: Eastside High School

2nd Place: Durant High School

3rd Place: Strawberry Crest

Sportsmanship Award Winner: PACE Center for Girls

 


Past team results coming soon

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Volunteers

National Ocean Sciences Bowl

Volunteers who join the event each year are from the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, USGS Center for Coastal Studies, USF’s College of Marine Science, USFSP, Eckerd College, Florida Aquarium, Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Secret if the Sea Marine Exploration Center & Aquarium.

Important dates to remember:

December 15, 2016 Sign –Up Deadline

 

FEBRUARY 18, 2017 REGIONAL COMPETITION

 

Training dates:

January and February 2017

 

Interested in volunteering?

Contact Angela Lodge at alodge@usf.edu

View our Volunteer Flyer

Sign up here to be a Volunteer

 

Volunteer Responsibilities and Rules

Game In Nutshell

Overview for Volunteers

Competition Rules for 2017

 

Moderator Documents

What does a Moderator do?

Moderator Instructions

Important Rules for Moderator

Diagram for Moderator

 

Rules Judge Documents

What does a Rules Judge do?

Rules Judge Instructions

Quick Rules

Competition Rules for 2017

 

Room Runner Documents

What does a Room Runner do?

Room Runner Responsibilities

 

Science Judge Documents

What does a Science Judge do?

Science Judge Instructions

 

Scorekeeper Documents

What does a Scorekeeper do?

Scorekeeper Instructions

Official Score Sheets

Sportsmanship Scoresheet New Version

Scoring Matrix for Scorekeepers

 

Timekeeper Documents

What does a Timekeeper do?

Timekeeper Instructions

 

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