Seattle – Emerging young oceanographers and marine biologists from high schools around the state will gather on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at the University of Washington’s Fishery Sciences Building to vie for a slot in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.
Each year the UW campus is the site where hundreds of high school students, scientists, volunteers, and science teachers gather for the popular Orca Bowl marine science tournament, hosted by UW’s College of the Environment and organized by Washington Sea Grant.
The event is high-energy, fun, and fierce competition, but behind all the fun lies a very serious educational purpose: nurturing a new generation of marine scientists. This is vitally important as the United States and the Puget Sound maritime region contend with marine issues such as ocean acidification, climate change, fishing pressures, and other threats to the seas that sustain us.
At the 18th annual Orca Bowl, visitors will have a chance to mingle with high school students passionate about the ocean. The event is free to the public and this year’s teams represent students from all around the state:
Bainbridge High School A and B teams, Bainbridge Island
Ellensburg High School A and B teams, Ellensburg
Everett NJROTC, Seagull Company, Everett
Friday Harbor High School A and B teams, San Juan Island
Garfield High School, Seattle
Newport High School, A and B teams, Bellevue
Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA), Everett
Shelton High School, Shelton
Soap Lake High School A and B, Soap Lake
Tacoma Science and Math Institute (SAMI) A and B teams, Tacoma
Washougal High School, Washougal
White Swan High School, Yakima
Winlock High School, Winlock
In May, the winning state Orca Bowl squad will face off against champion teams from 24 other states in the grueling daylong national bowl. Afterwards, Washington state winners and competitors will be honored at a banquet in Seattle.
The Washington State Orca Bowl takes place from 8:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 28, 2015, at University of Washington Fishery Sciences Building, 1122 N.E. Boat St., Seattle Admission is free.