Minor language revisions have been made to a few of the competition rules to assist with clarity. Therefore, it is in a team’s best interest to read the entire rules document. Any language changes or updates have been highlighted in the full rules document in green. Some revisions of importance are summarized below:

 Rule 23 – Rule 23 has been revised to include clarification on acceptable answers to multiple-choice questions. Specifically regarding singular and plural answers. If a written answer is singular, the acceptable answer must be singular; similarly, if the written answer is plural, the acceptable answer must be plural.

 Rule 24 – Rule 24 has been revised to further clarify the consequences of consultation among both sets of team members during toss-up and bonus questions.

 Rule 35 – Rule 35 has been revised to make it very clear that NO cell phone or electronic devices are to be visible or in use during the competition matches, including the 2-minute break. Those caught using such devices will be asked to leave the room for the rest of that match.

 Rule 51 – Rule 51 has been revised to clarify, with examples, what happens if the Moderator inadvertently provides an answer to a toss-up or bonus question during the competition match.

Rules are now at:

Albany High wins the NOSB Finals! Congratulations to the home team!

Students from Albany High School (Albany, California) beat out 23 other regional champions to win the Finals of the 19th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl® (NOSB), an education competition that tests students’ knowledge of ocean-related topics, which include cross-disciplines of biology, chemistry, policy, physics, and geology. The NOSB is an interdisciplinary ocean science education program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership based in Washington, D.C. The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences and Seahorse Coastal Consulting hosted the Finals, which took place April 21-24, 2016 at Carteret Community College.


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After the win

And the winners are . . .

The 2016 Sea Lion Bowl Winners:


1st        Albany High School

2nd       Mountain View High School

3rd        Lynbrook High School, San Jose and Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco


Junior Varsity

1st        Lynbrook High School, San Jose

2nd       Albany High School


Team Spirit Award

Lick-Wilmerding High School – Varsity, San Francisco


Sportsmanship Award

Lick-Wilmerding High School – Junior Varsity, San Francisco


Other Participating Schools


Campolindo High School

South San Francisco High School

Mira Loma High School

Lowell High School

Oakland High School

Tokay High School

Mission San Jose High School


Junior Varsity

Lick-Wilmerding High School

Mission San Jose High School

Da Vinci Charter Academy

Oakland High School

Tokay High School

Congratulations to all for a great day of competition!

Where is the Sea Lion Bowl held?


Competition Location –

Download this map to help you get to the Sea Lion Bowl of February 27.
Sea Lion Bowl Map

Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center
  475 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA 94305

Parking – at Parking Structure 2 – 498 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA 94305

Campus parking is free on Saturday.

Give yourself plenty of time, everyone gets lost their first time on campus.


Time to sign up for Volunteer Training

In order to have the competition run smoothly  at least 100 trained volunteers are needed! Volunteers fill a number of positions: moderators, science judges, other officials and question graders, set-up and clean-up volunteers and help during the training sessions. For information on the different roles for Sea Lion Bowl officials please see the volunteer page.

If you are interested in volunteering, Sign up here.

First training is in January!