Viera High School Win Regional Ocean Science Academic Competition for Second Year in Row
By Space Coast Daily // February 9, 2018
VIERA HEADS TO NOSB FINALS IN COLORADO
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – For the second year in a row, students from Viera High School won the Manatee Bowl, a regional ocean science academic competition that is part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.
The Manatee Bowl, which was hosted by the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, is part of a nationwide competition that tests students’ knowledge of ocean science disciplines through buzzer-style, multiple-choice questions and open-ended team challenge questions.
The Viera High School team will join winners from 22 other regional bowls April 19-22 at the University of Colorado Boulder for the NOSB Finals (which will be co-hosted by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences).
Students on the championship team include Hannah Howe, Alyssa Hofmann, Maggie Zendehrouh, Zack Chace, and Cameron Shearer. They are coached by Morgan Woodard and Oscar Sang.
The NOSB, a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, is building our next generation of marine scientists, policymakers, teachers, explorers, researchers, technicians, environmental advocates, and informed citizens by educating them in timely and relevant ocean science topics that are already a part of our future.
The competition theme is Our Ocean Shaping Weather. Around the country – whether you’re in a hurricane’s path or seeing fewer snowfalls in the Rockies – you can see the effect of the ocean’s influence on your weather.
The ocean absorbs half of the sun’s heat that reaches Earth, influencing weather on a global scale as currents move water and heat around the planet and as evaporation of ocean water leads to precipitation. One small change in ocean conditions can produce variations in weather patterns (in the short-term) and climate (in the long-term).
“This year, our theme hit a little closer to home than usual when our two Texas bowls had to be canceled due to damage sustained during Hurricane Harvey,” said Kristen Yarincik, director of the NOSB at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
“But the NOSB community really pulled together and embodied the ideals of the program when the Trout Bowl in Colorado offered to accept teams from Texas that wanted to compete.
Thanks to donations from over 70 individuals, four teams made the trek from Texas to Colorado last weekend.
It’s this dedication and commitment around the nation, from the students and teachers all the way to volunteers, regional coordinators, and sponsors, that inspires me. Congratulations to all our competitors, and to our regional winners – we look forward to seeing you in Colorado.”
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