2010 Orca Bowl

Volunteer at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl Finals Competition at the University of Washington May 1-4, 2014

Washington’s regional Orca Bowl competition and National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Finals would not be possible without the generous support and dedication of volunteers. Each year, over 100 people come together to run each exciting and dynamic competition, helping to engage and inspire high school students in the ocean sciences.

Volunteers are essential – whether participating as a member of an officials’ team, helping with event preparation throughout the year or providing general support during competition day.

Volunteers are needed to set up competition rooms on Friday, May 2 and during the competition on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 & 4.

Volunteer Roles

Competition Officials — Help to judge/facilitate the team competition rooms, serving as moderators, timekeepers, rules judges, scorekeepers, science judges and room runners. Competition officials are required to attend at least two trainings prior to the event, and be available for the entirety of the competition day. More information on responsibilities of these positions is available online.

General Support Volunteers — Help with event preparation leading up to the competition and with specific tasks (registration, set-up/clean-up, message-running, etc.) on the day of the event.

Enrichment Presenters — Help with lab tours, hands-on experiences and other enrichment activities throughout the competition.

Learn more about volunteer roles at http://nosb.org/volunteers/.

Please contact orcabowl@uw.edu if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

Orientation Dates and Location

All volunteer officials are required to attend at least one orientation session prior to the competition.

Volunteer orientation dates:

  1. Monday, April 7th
  2. Thursday, April 24th

All training sessions are from 5:30 pm to 7:30 p.m. at UW's Fishery Sciences Building, Room 108.

Become an Orca Bowl/NOSB Sponsor

By becoming an Orca Bowl/NOSB, you are encouraging and supporting the next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, researchers, technicians and informed citizens to consider and appreciate the ocean on a regional and global scale.
How you can help:

  1. Provide funds to assist with travel and lodging costs for teams and their coaches — teams travel from all over the state to participate).
  2. Help cover costs for meals for teams and volunteers — young minds at work need good, nourishing food to fuel them through the competition.
  3. Donate funds toward general event support — venue rental, printing, supplies, A/V rentals, etc.
  4. Donate study resources — marine-related textbooks, ocean science literature, etc. to support the months of preparation that teams engage in; or fun and relevant mementos that will be used for team prize bags — water bottles, tee-shirts, pens/pencils, key chains, etc. Each team that participates receives a prize bag for all of their efforts.

2014 Orca Bowl Sponsors

Super-Pod ($5,000 and above)

J – Pod ($1,000 - $4,999)

K – Pod ($100 - $999)

L – Pod (up to $100)