Spoonbill Volunteers

Spoonbill Volunteers
Spoonbill Volunteers

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.


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

Important Dates to Remember

Sign-up for Training December – January

Regional Competition

February each year

Training dates:

January and February

Interested in Volunteering?

Contact Angela Lodge at alodge@usf.edu

View our Volunteer Flyer

Sign up here to be a Volunteer

Volunteer Responsibilities and Rules

Game In Nutshell

Overview for Volunteers

Competition Rules for 2017

Moderator Documents

What does a Moderator do?

Moderator Instructions

Important Rules for Moderator

Diagram for Moderator

Rules Judge Documents

What does a Rules Judge do?

Rules Judge Instructions

Quick Rules

Competition Rules for 2017

Room Runner Documents

What does a Room Runner do?

Room Runner Responsibilities

Science Judge Documents

What does a Science Judge do?

Science Judge Instructions

Scorekeeper Documents

What does a Scorekeeper do?

Scorekeeper Instructions

Official Score Sheets

Sportsmanship Scoresheet New Version

Scoring Matrix for Scorekeepers

Timekeeper Documents

What does a Timekeeper do?

Timekeeper Instructions

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