La Jolla High among 18 schools to compete in ‘Grunion Bowl’ at Scripps March 3


La Jolla High School will square off against 17 other teams from local and regional high schools in Grunion Bowl 2012, the regional competition for the 15th annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Saturday, March 3 from 8:45 a.m. to 4;30 p.m. at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego’s Sumner Auditorium, 8612 La Jolla Shores Drive.

Grunion Bowl is a fast-paced academic bowl that challenges student teams to answer questions about ocean life and the marine environment in “Jeopardy"-style matches.

Winners of the regional competition will advance to the national championship in Baltimore, Md., April 19-22, 2012.

NOSB is an educational program developed to increase students’ knowledge and understanding of the oceans. The program also raises the visibility of ocean-related research and emphasizes the importance of ocean conservation. About 2,000 high school students nationwide participate in competitions each year.

Local teams prepare from September to March under the guidance of Birch Aquarium at Scripps educators.

NOSB is managed by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that represents 95 of the leading public and private ocean research education institutions, aquaria and industry. Its mission is to advance research, education and sound ocean policy. NOSB is funded through the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, a collaboration of federal agencies, as well as by corporations, foundations and other non-governmental organizations.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and the Caribbean. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium has an annual attendance of more than 415,000, including 42,000 school children.