Marine And Aquatic Education and Literacy

National Ocean Sciences Bowl

2015 Quahog Bowl

The 2015 annual Quahog Bowl was held at the UCONN Avery Point campus on February 7, 2015. Sixteen teams participated!

Results are in!

First place: Coginchaug High School, Durham CT
Second Place: Ledyard High School, CT
Third Place: Narragansett High School, RI
Fourth Place: E.O. Smith High School, Storrs-Mansfield, CT

Organizers are Thaxter Tewksbury,Project Oceanology and Diana Payne,Connecticut Sea Grant.

See complete details re competing schools and sponsors in our announcement.

2014 Quahog Bowl

The 2014 annual Quahog Bowl regional competition (CT and RI) was held at the UConn Avery Point Campus on February 1, 2014, in the Academic Building. The first place team will go on to attend the National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition.

The event is co-hosted by Connecticut Sea Grant and Project Oceanology. Other sponsors include Rhode Island Sea Grant, Dominion Inc. and more.

First Place: Coginchaug High School, Durham CT

Second Place: Narragansett High School, RI

Third Place: Marine Sciences Magnet High School, Groton CT

Fourth Place: Cranston West High School, RI

Sportmanship Award: Ledyard CT

Team Challenge Questions: Narragansett RI

Congratulations to these amazing teams and their coaches!

And thanks to all the teams who participated in 2014.

Volunteers needed for Quahog Bowl!

For the competition to run smoothly, considerable preparation and support is necessary. More than 100 volunteers are needed to serve as moderators, judges, timekeepers, scorekeepers, and runners. For a description of each volunteer role, please click here.

Contact co-coordinator Diana Payne to volunteer. There will be a volunteer training session on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Project Oceanology on the UConn Avery Point campus. Specific information regarding time to follow, but please pencil in 4:00-6:00 PM.

2013 Quahog Bowl

Results are in for the 16th annual Quahog Bowl regional competition held on March 2, 2013 at the UConn Avery Point campus.

  • First Place: 1st: Cranston West (RI)
  • 2nd: Ledyard (CT)
  • 3rd: Waterford (CT)
  • 4th: Narragansett (RI)
  • Sportsmanship Award: Bacon Academy, Colchester (CT)
  • Team Challenge Question: Narragansett (RI)

Congratulations to the winning teams and coaches, and to all the teams for doing their best! Thanks to the many sponsors and the volunteers who helped out. Photos for all teams will be posted soon-stay tuned.

The event was co-hosted by Connecticut Sea Grant and Project Oceanology. Contact co-coordinator Diana Payne to volunteer for next year.

Go to Team Photos 2013 Page

For high resolution photos contact webmaster.

Ledyard Takes Home NOSB 2012 Sportsmanship Award !

The 2012 National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) finals competition, consisting of winning teams from 25 regions across the country, was held April 19-22 in Baltimore, MD. The Quahog Bowl was represented by Ledyard High School coach Dave Bednarz, team captain Ronnie Tardiff, Jenna Farquhar, Bryauna Phillips, Qiuyin Ren, and Lucy Zhang. The team participated in field trips on Friday, and the round robin competition and Science Expert Briefing on Saturday. Ledyard had several close contests in round robin, and won a match in their first-ever national competition. They also made a fine showing in the Science Expert Briefing. At the awards ceremony on Sunday, prizes were presented to all teams based on placement in the competition. The final award bestowed each year is the highly coveted Sportsmanship Award. The award is given in honor of Admiral James D. Watkins who started the NOSB program in 1997, and recognizes the team that demonstrates the best sportsmanship throughout the NOSB Finals competition. As the recipients of this prestigious honor, the team received a new buzzer system, the AMS textbook Introduction to Oceanography and gift certificates to (coach - $200, team members - $100). Congratulations to coach Dave Bednarz and the entire Ledyard High School team on a great showing at nationals!

See story in The Ledyard Patch

2012 Quahog Bowl

The top six teams of the 2012 Quahog Bowl on Feb. 4 at UConn Avery Point are:

1 Ledyard
2 Cranston West
3 Narragansett
4 Waterford
5 Bacon Academy
6 NFA (Norwich Free Academy)

Ledyard will represent our region (CT-RI) at the National Ocean Science Bowl competition in Baltimore, MD April 20-22, 2012. Congratulations to coach Dave Bednarz and the Ledyard team!

Next Quahog Bowl (tentative): Saturday, February 2, 2013

2011 Quahog Bowl

On Saturday, February 5, 16 teams from Connecticut and Rhode Island participated in the 2011 Quahog Bowl at the University of Connecticut's Avery Point campus in Groton. This is one of 25 regional competitions of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Once again, Cranston High School West emerged from the double elimination round ahead of Waterford High School. Waterford won second place and Ledyard High School took Third Place. Norwich Free Academy was in Fourth Place. Cranston High School West will go on to represent the CT-RI region at the national competition. Congratulations to the winning teams!

The 2011 Quahog Bowl was hosted and co-sponsored by Connecticut Sea Grant and Project Oceanology.  Additional major sponsors included the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Dominion, Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, Mystic Seaport –The Museum of American and the Sea, Williams-Mystic: The Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport, Southeastern New England Marine Educators association, the University of Rhode Island Office of Marine Programs, The Computer Lab of New London, and West Marine of Mystic.  Further thanks goes to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, The COSEE CCO, Mystic Market, NMEA, Pizzetta Mystic, Save the Bay, Sweet Leaf Tea, and the UConn Department of Marine Sciences.

What is the National Ocean Sciences Bowl?

NOSB logoThe National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) was first held in 1998 in conjunction with the International Year of the Ocean. The competition is intended to increase knowledge of the oceans for high school students, their teachers, and parents. It is also intended to raise the visibility and public understanding of the national investment in ocean-related research. The NOSB web site describes the competition as a round-robin/double-elimination format for teams of high school students. Teams consist of four students plus one alternate and a coach. The format involves a timed competition of multiple-choice or short-answer questions within the broad category of the oceans. Questions are drawn from the scientific and technical disciplines used in studying the oceans (physics, chemistry, geology, atmospheric sciences, biology, etc.) as well as from topics of the contributions of the oceans to national and international economics, history and culture. Click here for more information.


Previous Quahog Bowls

To see archives of previous Quahog Bowls, click here for 2009 and Click here for 2010.

Regional Competition

Winning team

Coginchaug High School, First Place 2015

Local Sponsors

  • Connecticut Sea Grant
  • Consortium for Ocean Leadership
  • Dominion
  • Project Oceanology
  • Rhode Island Sea Grant
  • University of Connecticut - Avery Point
  • Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration
  • Mystic Seaport – The Museum of America and the Sea
  • The Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport
  • Southern New England Marine Educators
  • UConn Coop
  • URI Office of Marine Programs

For archived team photos, Click here.