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Programs for P-12 Students

UNCW Hosts North Carolina Blue Heron Bowl

Sunday, March 05, 2017

The 2017 North Carolina Blue Heron Bowl was held on the UNCW campus Feb. 17 and 18.

The Blue Heron Bowl is a regional marine science quiz bowl. Thirteen teams of high school students from around the state and a guest team from Tennessee competed for a chance to represent North Carolina at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl in April. This year marks the 20th anniversary of NOSB.

The Center for Marine Science and the Watson College of Education hosted the two-day event with support from faculty, staff and students in the College of Arts and Sciences and community volunteers.

“UNCW has continually supported the Blue Heron Bowl over the years, even when it was hosted at our sister institutions,” said Sue Kezios, director of youth programs. “By hosting it this year and again in 2018, UNCW demonstrates our commitment to outreach and providing academic opportunities for K-12 youth.”

A dinner for the teams was held Friday evening at the UNCW’s Center for Marine Science. UNCW lecturer of geology Roger Shew spoke on “blue energy,” the theme of this year’s competition. He shared information related to the state of coastal alternative energy initiatives involving wind, natural gas and other forms. Select labs were also open for an evening tour of the facility.

The competition was held on Saturday in UNCW’s education building. Participants were also offered tours of the aquaculture facility at Wrightsville Beach, the microscopy facility in Dobo Hall and plastic ocean upcycling art activities.

The team from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics took first place at this year’s regional Ocean Sciences Bowl. The team received a fish shaped skateboard made from recycled derelict fishing nets, and will go on to represent North Carolina in the National Bowl in Corvalis, Oregon in April.

Erin Moran, director of UNCW MarineQuest was lead coordinator of the 2017 Blue Heron Bowl. Jesse Jarvis, assistant professor in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology was competition coordinator; Harris Muhlstein, UNCW MarineQuest school programs coordinator was team coordinator; and Sue Kezios, interim director of the STEM Learning Cooperative was logistics coordinator.