High school students will compete Feb. 1 at the Chesapeake Bay Bowl at UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. Here, students are pictured from the 2010 competition.

Chesapeake Bay Bowl

Delaware Sea Grant hosts marine science quiz competition Feb. 1

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10:45 a.m., Jan. 15, 2014--The Chesapeake Bay Bowl will test high school students’ knowledge of the ocean on Saturday, Feb. 1, hosted by Delaware Sea Grant at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, Del. 

Twelve teams will answer challenging questions about the marine environment, with topics that can range anywhere from whale ecology to the chemistry of seawater.

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High school students from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. will participate. Most have taken high school courses in marine science and biology and show promise in entering scientific careers. 

“These students have worked very hard,” said event organizer Chris Petrone, marine education specialist with Delaware Sea Grant. “They’re sharp.”

Petrone has previously assisted with the Chesapeake Bay Bowl and the Blue Crab Bowl in Virginia. The competitions support Delaware Sea Grant’s emphasis on increasing ocean awareness and environmental literacy with kindergarten through 12th grade audiences.

The winning team of the regional competition will travel to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl finals at the University of Washington in Seattle in May.

The national competition is sponsored by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership to interest students in pursuing a college degree and future career in the ocean sciences. Approximately 2,000 students from 350 high schools took part in the regional and national bowls last year. 

Confirmed high schools at the Chesapeake Bay Bowl at the University of Delaware in Lewes, Del., are: 

Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington, D.C.

Archmere Academy, Claymont, Del.

Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes, Del. 

Newark Charter High School, Newark, Del.

Liberty High School, Sykesville, Md. 

Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Md.

Lower Dauphin High School, Hummelstown, Pa. 

State College Area High School, State College, Pa.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Vienna, Va.

Potomac Falls High School, Potomac Falls, Va.

Governor’s School at Innovation Park (A), Manassas, Va.

Governor’s School at Innovation Park (B), Manassas, Va.

About Delaware Sea Grant

The University of Delaware was designated as the nation’s ninth Sea Grant College in 1976 to promote the wise use, conservation and management of marine and coastal resources through high-quality research, education and outreach activities that benefit the public and the environment. UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment administers the program, which conducts research in priority areas ranging from seafood safety to coastal hazards.

Photo by Will Ramos/Ocean Leadership

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