NOSB 2017

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Welcome to the 2017 Nor'easter Bowl

The University of New Hampshire will host the 2017 Nor'easter Bowl on Saturday, February 4, 2017 on its campus in Durham, New Hampshire.

The Nor'easter Bowl is a regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), an annual academic competition that tests high school students' knowledge of marine sciences, including marine biology; chemical, physical, and biological oceanography; marine geology and geophysics; marine engineering; and marine policy.

The goal of the NOSB is to support and expand ocean sciences education and enhance public understanding and stewardship of the oceans. Each year, approximately 2,000 students from 300 schools across the nation compete for prizes and a trip to compete in the national competition.

During the regional Nor'easter Bowl, teams of 4-5 students are tested on their knowledge of scientific and technical disciplines through quick answer buzzer questions and more complex team challenge problems. The winning team from the Nor'easter Bowl will advance to the NOSB Finals Competition at Oregon State University.

The Nor'easter Bowl is open to teams from any high school in Maine and New Hampshire. Science teachers serve as team coaches. Students can win a variety of regional and national awards, including educational trips, scholarships to regional universities, visits to oceanographic institutions and aquaria, and gift certifications for scientific gear and books.

In addition, any student who participates is eligible to apply for the National Ocean Scholar Program.

NOSB Finals

April 20-23, 2017

Theme: Blue Energy - Powering the Planet with our Ocean

Aerial view of Corvallis

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

UNH, Durham, NH

Campus Map/Parking

Hotel Information

Lunch will be served at Holloway Commons. Gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options are available.

Team Registration

Thank you for registering your teams!

We look forward to an exciting contest.

2017 Coach  Form (one for each coach)
2017 Student Form (one for each student)
2017 School Form (one for each school)

Please bring completed paperwork to the Check-In table that morning.

Volunteer Registration

Thank you for volunteering. If you still wish to volunteer and did not sign up on our online form, please contact


Mark Wiley 603.862.6702
Competition Logistics

Dari Ward 603.862.6701
Volunteer Management
Food Donations/Meals

Michelle Lemos 603.862.6700
Online Registration (Teams & Volunteers)