Each winter, Old Dominion University’s Department of Ocean and Earth Sciences (OES) and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), College of William & Mary co-host a high school academic competition focused on the ocean sciences. Up to sixteen teams from across the state participate - see the link in the FAST Facts column on the right.
Our Virginia regional competition is one of 25 contests conducted around the nation each year as part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB®), a program coordinated by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington, DC. NOSB seeks to generate student interest and excitement about science and the oceans, and give young people a chance to examine marine science as a field of study and possible career path. Learn more about NOSB at their website, www.nosb.org/. The winner of the Blue Crab Bowl faces other top regional teams in April at the national competition.
Inspiring young marine scientists is rewarding, but it does take some work! About 70 volunteers are needed to run the event. ODU and VIMS each contribute 4 teams of match officials. And, we need additional scientists to grade the Team Challenge Questions, as well as other volunteers to help with event operations. For a position that suits you, review the Officials' Job Descriptions (tab on this page). More detailed descriptions of responsibilities are in the Blue Crab Bowl Library.
See students and volunteer officials in action in the Blue Crab Bowl video.
Volunteer Training is Key to a Successful Competition
The volunteer’s competition overview introduces many aspects of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl and Blue Crab Bowl (BCB). Since BCB is a serious academic competition, volunteers want and need to be confident and competent as officials, judges and staffers. The best way to be ready is to practice with the rules and the competition set up.
Orientations and training/practice sessions are scheduled at both ODU and VIMS. It’s actually a lot of fun. You get you know your colleagues, show off your expertise and test your reflexes.
Volunteer recruitment for Blue Crab Bowl begins in the fall! For more information, contact the Coordinators.
Bill Dunn, ODU, 757-683-5643 or email@example.com
Bethany Smith, VIMS, 804-684-7735 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The thumbnail sketches below introduce the different Blue Crab Bowl volunteer jobs and may help you choose a role that is right for you. Key jobs link to longer BCB versions of NOSB® descriptions of the officials’ duties.
The most recent NOSB Rules are posted in the FAST Facts column on the right. All other handouts below are the most current available. Any further updates will be posted as necessary.
Competition Officials Thumbnails
BLUE CRAB BOWL 2022
February 11-12, 2022
National Ocean Sciences Bowl Finals
May 14-15, 2022 (Science Expert Briefing May 7)