*** Spoonbill Bowl 2018 SAVE THE DATE***

Greetings Spoonbill Bowl Fans,

Thanks again to all who supported and assisted with the 2017 competition. The 2018 Spoonbill Ocean Sciences Bowl competition will be held on Saturday, FEBRUARY 24, 2018.

If you are interested in volunteering more information and volunteer registration links are provided following highlights from the 2017 Spoonbill Bowl competition below.





On Saturday February 18, 2017, USF College of Marine Science hosted the 2017 Spoonbill Bowl Competition.  At 7:30 in morning 18 teams from 13 from Florida’s West Coast regional high schools arrived, ready to have breakfast and start the day.  It was a fun filled day of fierce competition and lots of ocean science education for all involved -- teams and room officials alike. This year’s event could probably be considered one of the most exhilarating! The competition had many tie- breaker rounds going into the afternoon elimination rounds. The air was filled with nervous energy as the players of the final rounds took their places.

The winning round was played by the defending 2016 Champions, the Academy of Environmental Science (AES) A- Team, and the 2015 Champions, Eastside High School A-Team. When the final round’s time clock sounded it was Eastside High School’s A-Team from Gainesville Florida that emerged as the 2017 champions.  The Academy of Environmental Science (AES) A- Team won second place and the AES B-Team won third place. The Sportsmanship Award was won by Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School from Bradenton Florida. Continuing a Spoonbill tradition of a team t-shirt contest, the Durant High School team won the competition.

This event would not be possible without the overwhelming support of volunteers from the College of Marine Science and many of our neighboring marine agencies—Eckerd College, USFSP, USGS, FWRI, NOAA Fisheries, Florida Aquarium, Ocean Optics, Center for Open Exploration, Florida Marine Science Educators Association, Florida Sea Grant and World Power and Water.


Below are Pictures of Spoonbill 2017 Winning Teams

The 2017 Spoonbill Champions

School Name: Eastside High School
Coaches: Anne West Valle
City: Gainesville
State: Florida
2017 Spoonbowl 1st Place Winner - Eastside High School

Second Place

School Name: Academy of Environmental Science - Team A
Coaches: Ward Cooper
City: Crystal River
State: Florida
Academy of Environmental Science

Third Place

School Name: Academy of Environmental Science - Team B
Coaches: Ward Cooper
City: Crystal River
State: Florida
Academy of Environmental Science - Team B

Sportsmanship Award

School Name: Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School
City: Bradenton
State: Florida
Sportsmanship Award Winner Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School

T-Shirt Competition Winner

School Name: Durant High School
City: Plant City
State: Florida
T-Shirt Competition Winner with Coaches Jeremy Lynch and Kelly Cook

School # Teams
AES (Academy of Environmental Sciences) 2
Baron Collier 1
Canterbury Schools of Florida 2
Durant 1
Eastside 2
Lakewood 1
Osceola 1
Oviedo 1
Riverview 1
St. Stephens 1
Seacrest 2
Strawberry Crest 1
Wharton 2

We Need You To Volunteer

E-mail Angela Lodge at alodge@usf.edu or

Follow the Link below for more information and to complete volunteer registration form


Spoonbill Volunteering

- One of 25 regional NOSB Sites
- Sponsored by Consortium for Oceanographic LEADERSHIP
- 1-day academic bowl focusing on disciplines in oceanography
- Teams of 5 High School students compete for regional title
- Regional winners move onto the National Competition in April
Who: Teams of 4 students, an alternate, and a coach from high schools from the west coast of Florida.
What: The Spoonbill Bowl consists of a round-robin/single-elimination format for teams of high school students; teams consist of four students plus one alternate and a coach. The format involves a timed competition of multiple-choice or short-answer questions within the broad category of the oceans. Questions are drawn from the scientific and technical disciplines used in studying the oceans (physics, chemistry, geology, atmospheric science, biology, etc.) as well as from topics on the contributions of the oceans to national and international economics, history and culture.
Where: USF College of Marine Science, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and Florida Marine Research Institute. Click here to view USF St. Petersburg Map
Why: The overlying goal of this competition is intended to increase knowledge of the oceans on the part of high school students, their teachers and parents, as well as to raise the visibility and public understanding of the national investment in ocean-related research.
How to register: Please e-mail TERESA GREELY for information about registration. Registration will open on October 1st. Teams will be registered for competition on a first to return completed paperwork, first registered basis. All applications must be received no later than November 15th.
Please visit National Ocean Science Bowl for additional competition information, team resources, and other student opportunities.
Regional Coordinator: Teresa Greely and Angela Lodge
West Coast, Florida
College of Marine Science University of South Florida
140 7th Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Fax: 727-553-1189
Phone: 727-553-3921 OR 727.552.2281


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Volunteers who join the event each year are from the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, USGS Coastal & Marine Science Center, Florida Marine Science Educators Association, USF Marine Science, USFSP, Eckerd College, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Florida Aquarium, Mote Marine Labs & Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, Oceanography Camp for Girls Alumnae, Ocean Optics and NOAA Fisheries. Follow the links below for details on Volunteer Roles including, Moderators, Science Judges, Rules Judges, Scorekeepers, Timekeepers, Runners and Expert Science Judges.
2018 SPOONBILL Competition: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Volunteer Sign–Up: December - January (Join us, send an email to alodge@usf.edu
Volunteer Training dates: Weekly during January and February
Competition Question Review: December & January for Moderators and Science Judges



When is the regional competition this year?

February 24, 2018

Where will the Spoonbill Bowl be held?

The Spoonbill Bowl competition takes place in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida at the USF St. Petersburg campus. The competition takes place in several buildings including USFSP Science & Technology building, Florida Marine Research Institute, and USF College of Marine Science.

How many teams can enter?

Generally, the Spoonbill competition can accommodate up to 16 teams depending on budget and facility availability.

Can parents/public attend the event?

Absolutely, but lunch can only be provided for teams and volunteers. There are many restaurants in downtown St. Pete for guests who would like to attend.

Can a school enter more than one team?

Based on the number of teams registered by our deadline, notice is generally given in December if more than one team will be allowed. All B Teams will be selected by a random drawing and may be called upon as late as competition day.

Where can I find practice buzzer questions?

  • The national website has sets of past questions in two formats buzzer and team challenge.
  • Some buzzer questions can be generated by team members and used during practice sessions.
  • Many oceanography texts have chapter review questions that can be adapted for buzzer and team challenge questions.

How do I become a volunteer for the event?

  • Up to 60 Volunteers are needed for the event
  • Role responsibilities can be found on the regional and national website National Ocean Sciences Bowl
  • Volunteers are the backbone of the event and will receive an event day shirt as well as meals
  • Volunteer training is provided prior to the event to learn and practice roles and responsibilities.
  • Please contact Teresa Greely, greely@usf.edufor registering as a volunteer for the bowl.
  • Please visit Spoonbill Volunteering


How can I find out more information about the Spoonbill Bowl?

Contact alodge@usf.edu for complete registration details and event day information.


2015 Winning Teams

1st Place: Eastside High School

2015 Champion with Coach Anne West-Valle
2015 Champion with Coach Anne West-Valle


2nd Place: AES (Academy of Environmental Science)

Academy of Environmental Science
Academy of Environmental Science


3rd Place: Durant



Sportsmanship Award Winner: Seacrest

Sportsmanship Award Winner: Seacrest
Sportsmanship Award Winner: Seacrest


T-Shirt Competition Winner: OCG (Oceanography Camp for Girls)

T-Shirt Competition Winner: OCG (Oceanography Camp for Girls)
T-Shirt Competition Winner: OCG (Oceanography Camp for Girls)

2015 Schools and # Spoonbill Teams

School # Teams
AES (Academy of Environmental Sciences) 1
Baron Collier 1
Canterbury Schools of Florida 1
Durant 1
Eastside 2
Lakewood 2
Mitchell 1
OCG (Oceanography Camp for Girls) 1
Osceola 1
Riverview 1
Seacrest 2
Strawberry Crest 2
Wharton 2


2014 Winning Teams

1st Place: Eastside High School

2nd Place: Durant High School

3rd Place: Strawberry Crest

Sportsmanship Award Winner: PACE Center for Girls


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