WILMINGTON – High school students from across North Carolina are testing their scientific knowledge at the regional leg of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.
The Blue Heron Bowl held at UNC Wilmington is one of 25 regional jeopardy-style competitions testing students in Biology, Chemical, Physical and Geological Oceanography.
"The main thing is we like to have fun doing this, like testing our knowledge is really what it comes down to," said participant Brian McSteen.
The Raleigh chapter swept the regional competition at last year's bowl and took seventh at nationals. They say the proud accomplishment took a lot of preparing.
"It was a lot of hard work, and we had a captain that studied a lot for this, and we studied throughout the year for it," said Raleigh participant Gautam Sanka.
Organizers said the goal of the contest is to challenge the students to continue to explore and develop strategies for managing the ocean's resources.
"It's really important to get these students, who are hopefully our decision makers, our policy makers, and hopefully people that will find solutions, to get them involved early and often and make them excited about it," said organizer Dani DiIullo.
UNCW researches and scientists all spent time with the students, giving them one-on-one time with the pros.
"It broadens your horizons about awareness, the oceans and what's happening right now, especially due to global warming effects," said DiIullo.
The winning team of each regional competition will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition in April.