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National Ocean Sciences Bowl: Regional Winners Awarded Research Cruise on San Francisco Bay

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Otter Bowl 2000
Following last year's success, we are once again offering a science cruise on San Francisco Bay to two high school teams placing in the Northern California Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl. Called the "Otter Bowl," this year's regional competition was held on February 12 and 13 at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The first-place winner, from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, CA, will travel to Baltimore, MD, to compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl finals at the Maritime Institute of Technology on April 14-17.

The USGS/CMGP is one of the sponsors of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, an academic competition in which teams of high school students answer rapid-fire questions on ocean-related topics in the fields of biology, chemistry, geology, physics, history, and economics. The finals will be attended by both John Haines (Associate Program Coordinator of CMGP) and Jeff Williams (Program Coordinator), who calls the competition "a very important and productive outreach and educational effort."

National Oceans Sciences Bowl
Both locally and nationally, competing students receive prizes and recognition for their efforts and teamwork. The second- and third-place winners of the Northern California regional competition -- York School of Carmel and Sierra High of Tollhouse (near Fresno) -- have been invited to spend a morning with USGS scientists studying San Francisco Bay. The cruise will take place on May 5, leaving from the USGS Marine Facility at Redwood City to tour the south bay. The cruise is a joint effort with the USGS Water Resources Division, which is supplying the 96-ft research vessel, R/V Polaris, and many of the scientists who will host the students.

The plan is to present the students and their teachers with mini-lectures and hands-on experience in several ongoing USGS San Francisco Bay research projects. The scientists will

  • discuss the R/V Polaris' role as a research vessel (Byron Richards), explain water-column profiles obtained by CTD (Brian Cole, Jody Edmunds, Tara Schraga),

  • demonstrate grab sampling and benthic surveys (Cindy Brown and Francis Parchaso),

  • discuss the impact of invasive species on the bay's ecosystem (Mary McGann and Rendy Keaten).

Also on board will be Tooky Campione, a USGS volunteer who coordinates local USGS tours and speaking engagements. She will show the students around campus later in the day.

Related Web Sites
National Ocean Sciences Bowl
Consortium for Oceanographic Research & Education
Northern California Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl
University of California, Santa Cruz
San Francisco Bay and Delta
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

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