FAIRBANKS — The 14th annual Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl, also called the Tsunami Bowl, will be held in Seward this weekend. The competition is hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Seward Marine Center.
Twenty teams from 15 high schools across Alaska, from Unalaska to Ketchikan, will compete in the Jeopardy-style quiz bowl. This year, teams from Dillingham, Sitka, Kotlik and Scammon Bay will compete for the first time.
The competition consists of a tournament-style academic competition designed to challenge students’ knowledge of ocean sciences, and a research project, focused on human responses to oceanic events, that has both written and public speaking components.
The National Ocean Sciences Bowl was established in 1998 to encourage learning about the oceans and increase the teaching of ocean sciences in high schools. Several sponsors support the regional competition, including the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and Alaska Sea Grant.
The winner of the Alaska Region NOSB competition will compete in the NOSB finals in April in Galveston, Texas.