CIRES Education and Outreach is proud to host the only land-locked regional competition in the country. Competing teams have come from Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, New Mexico and Kansas. Every spring, the winning team travels to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) finals competition.
Since 1999, CIRES Education Outreach has hosted the Trout Bowl regional competition.
The Trout Bowl is the only regional NOSB competition in a completely land-locked state, and receives teams from one of the largest geographic area - including Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, New Mexico and Kansas.
This quiz-show style competition is more diverse than most competitions, engaging schools which do not usually compete and engaging more girls than most science competitions. This is due to the extent to which we recruit. The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is supported by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, and is hosted by CIRES Education Outreach.
Every year, in February or March, twelve schools competing in teams of five travel to the University of Colorado Boulder and participate in the Trout Bowl regional competition. The winning then gets the opportunity to compete at the national competition in April.
All competing students receive a small goodie bag and certificate of participation, while the top three placing teams receive plaques or trophies and prize bags. The goodie and prize bags are filled with donations from our generous Sponsors.
The Trout Bowl could not happen without the continual support of our volunteers, who donate their time every year to run a successful competition. We recruit 75-100 volunteers annually to perform a range of roles.
The Trout Bowl regional competition supports the goals of CU and CIRES.
The Trout Bowl competition is one of the 25 regional competitions for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.
Typically held in February or March, the Trout Bowl tests 12 teams of 4-5 students on their knowledge of scientific and technical disciplines through quick answer buzzer questions and more complex, critical thinking team challenge questions (TCQs).
The winning team from each of the 25 regional competitions is provided transportation and room and board accommodation to advance to the NOSB Finals Competition held in a different location each year in April.
The 2020 Competition will be held on Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at the University of Colorado Memorial Center at CU Boulder.
If you're interested in bringing a team to the Trout Bowl, please complete our Intent to Compete Form.
CIRES Education & Outreach is looking for volunteers for the 21st annual Trout Bowl competition on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the CU Boulder University Memorial Center.
The Trout Bowl is the Rocky Mountain Regional of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, an academic competition for high school students. We will need volunteers for morning, afternoon and all-day shifts. We need more volunteers in the morning round robins (8:00am – 1:00pm) than in the afternoon double eliminations (1:00pm – 6:00pm). Lunch is provided for volunteers and we also train all of our volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer, we request that you attend ONE training session. Trainings typically last 1-1.5 hours
IN-PERSON VOLUNTEER TRAINING SCHEDULE:
Pick ONE to RSVP to:
Friday, January 24, 6-7pm at Research Lab 2, 1540 30th Street, Boulder, CO 80303 (Room 155).
Saturday, January 25, 11-12pm at Research Lab 2, 1540 30th Street, Boulder, CO 80303 (Room 155).
Thursday, January 30, 2-3pm at Research Lab 2, 1540 30th Street, Boulder, CO 80303 (Room 258).
Many volunteer roles don’t require a science background, so you can volunteer with your friends/family/co-workers. If you want to learn more about available volunteer roles, you can find descriptions here: http://nosb.org/community/volunteers/competition-officials/
If you cannot attend one of these sessions but would still like to volunteer, please email me and we can make alternate arrangements. You can also use the RSVP link (above) to let me know you’re not going to volunteer this year but would like to be on my email list for the future.
We would like to thank our generous sponsors for their support!
The goodie bags provided to all participating Trout Bowl students as well as the prize bags given to our top-three placing teams are filled with donations from our many sponsors.