The Blue Lobster Bowl is an annual scholastic competition held at MIT to test Massachusetts high school students on their knowledge of the ocean sciences. The competition inspires and challenges the next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, researchers, technicians, environmental advocates and informed citizens. On competition day, teams of four answer buzzer questions and more complex team challenge questions in areas such as biology, marine science, chemistry, and ocean engineering. Volunteers facilitate the full day of ocean science questions and grade team challenge questions. Because of the technical nature of the questions, MIT faculty, graduate students, and other local scientists are required for their expertise. This annual event is co-sponsored by The MIT Sea Grant College Program, The MIT Center for Ocean Engineering and The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Volunteers and spectators are welcome.
Free annual academic program, open to high schools to participate. Event is hosted in the beginning of February at MIT each year. Teachers may submit a team form in the fall of each school year.
Area of Interest: Mathematics, Sciences, Engineering / Technology, Social Sciences, Arts / Humanities, Other academic areas
Program participant: Grades 9–12, Other adults
Location: Cambridge (including MIT's Cambridge campus)
Time Frame: After school, Weekends / breaks during school year