Next Year’s Competition Announcement

The 2017 competition will be held on February 4 at Stanford University.  Rooms are booked and broken buzzers are getting repaired.  The competition is on!


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!

Our Changing Ocean – Science for Strong Coastal Communities

Humans have long been drawn to the coast. Shorelines provide access to food, transportation, inspiration, and opportunities for exploration. However, the desirability of coastal living leads to mounting pressure on the very resources that make it so attractive. Escalating populations, erosion, more frequent flooding, development, storm impacts, and pollution are among the stressors that impact the protection, economic revenue, security, food, and healthy recreational opportunities provided by our nation’s coasts. Coastal communities need to adapt and plan to preserve the way of life and the natural resources they value.

Each year there is a theme for the National Ocean Science Bowl, and in 2016 the theme is Science for Strong Coastal Communities.  Learn More.

The 2016 National NOSB Finals will be hosted by University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences, Carteret Community College, and Seahorse Coastal Consulting.