Patterned on the National Science Bowl, the National Ocean Sciences Bowl was inaugurated in 1998 to provide a forum for students who excel in math and science to receive national recognition for their diligence and talent while broadening their awareness and understanding of the oceans.
The NOSB is a one-day regional competition in February and two-day final national competition among high school teams. Teams are composed of four students, one alternate and a coach. Categories include the biology, chemistry, geology, physics, history, and economics of the world's oceans, as well as navigation, geography, and ocean-related current events. The regional competitions follow a rapid-fire, question-and-answer format.
In Oregon, OSU's College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences hosts the Salmon Bowl regional competition each February; the winning team advances to the national competition, held in a different city each year.
- Salmon Bowl Gives Ocean Challenge (Corvallis Gazette-Times article about 2011 Salmon Bowl, reposted on the NOSB site).