Oregon students picked for Ocean Sciences Bowl


CORVALLIS - More than 40 Oregon high school students will test their knowledge of the oceans during the National Ocean Sciences Regional Bowl at Oregon State University on Feb. 27.

Oregon State University is one of 18 regional centers selected by the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education, said Kelly Chapin, an OSU master's candidate in marine resource management and a sciences bowl coordinator.

The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Wilkinson Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Oregon high schools competing this year include: Benson High School in Portland; Corvallis High School; McMinnville; Neah-Kah-Nie in Rockaway Beach; Scappoose; Seaside; South Salem; and Wilsonville.

The top school in regional competition will receive a computer printer and scanner and individual team members will be eligible for OSU scholarships, as well as educational publications on the world's oceans. The winning team will be eligible to comp ete in the national finals in Washington, D.C., in April.

Aurora's North Marion High School, which won regional competition last year and went on to place third in national competition, is not fielding a team this year, Chapin said.

Questions will be in a rapid-fire format and will test knowledge of how the oceans affect climate, economic well-being, history, culture and quality of life. Topics will include biology, chemistry, geology, physics, history and economics of the ocean and ocean-related current events.

Oregon State University is one of 50 members of the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education, which is conducting the competition in partnership with the National Marine Educators Association. The OSU College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Scien ces includes a faculty of 97 scientists who conduct the only comprehensive oceanographic and atmospheric research programs in Oregon.