February 22, 2005

Carl Marziali (213) 740-4751 or 740-2215
University of Southern California

Natalie Godwin (818) 354-0850
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

WHAT: Students representing 10 Southern California area high schools will compete in the 8th annual Ocean Sciences Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the University of Southern California. This fast-paced academic competition tests students’ knowledge of the oceans. The winning team will compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl finals in Biloxi, Miss., April 23-25.

Teams consist of six members: five students, including one alternate, and one coach, usually a science or math teacher. Each team will compete in round-robin tournaments, and the top eight teams will compete in double-elimination tournaments. Topics include biology, chemistry, geology and physics of the oceans, along with navigation, geography, public policy and literature.

WHO: The USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory co-host the regional Ocean Sciences Bowl competition. The Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education in Washington, D.C., developed this educational program to stimulate interest in the ocean sciences among students and teachers and to demonstrate to the public the importance of the oceans in our daily lives.

An estimated 2,200 students and teachers representing 400 high schools nationwide competed in the 2004 regional competitions.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 26 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Final matches begin at approximately 3:15 p.m. The awards presentation begins around 3:45 p.m.

WHERE: University Park Campus, Mark Taper Hall of Humanities, first floor, 3501 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, Calif., 90089. Enter campus through Gate 4 on Jefferson Boulevard. Parking is free with valid press credential.

Ocean Sciences Bowl List of Participating Schools
Animo Leadership Charter High School
Arcadia High School
Dana Hills High School
Mark Keppel High School
Pomona High School
Santa Monica High School
Troy High School, Fullerton
University High School, Irvine
Westchester High School
Woodbridge High School, Irvine

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