The 12th Annual Bay Scallop Bowl, a regional ocean science competition, was recently held at Stony Brook University as Mount Sinai High School captured its seventh win.
Mt. Sinai will now compete against 24 other championship teams from around the country in the late April Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
During the competition, 16 teams from around the state faced a day of quick answer buzzer questions and team challenge questions about the marine environment. The blizzard caused a postponement at first before it was finally able to take place on Feb. 16.
Dr. Minghua Zhang, Dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook, invited members of the high school teams in his opening speech to attend Stony Brook University if they are interested in oceanography, climate science, or fisheries. Katelin Childers, a SoMAS graduate student, led the volunteers and Bill Wise from SoMAS was Master of Ceremonies.
The Bay Scallop Bowl is part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership based in Washington, D.C. Many past NOSB participants have pursued college degrees and careers in ocean science.