February 11, 2010

Lincoln-Sudbury Wins Blue Lobster Bowl

Contact: Andrea Cohen, MIT Sea Grant: 617-253-3461; alcohen@mit.edu

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Students from Lincoln-Sudbury High School took home the first place prize at the 2010 Blue Lobster Bowl held at MIT on February 6. Second place went to Lexington High School (last year’s Blue Lobster Bowl champs), with Newton North coming in third.

The Lincoln-Sudbury team will head to The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) finals in St. Petersburg, Florida, where they will compete against 24 other regional winners from April 23-25. They will try to repeat the success of the 2008 Lincoln-Sudbury team, which won the national competition that year.

In all, 130 students from 15 schools competed in this year’s Blue Lobster Bowl, which is the largest of all the regional competitions. The Massachusetts high schools represented at the Blue Lobster Bowl included: Bedford High School, Belmont High School, Brookline High School, Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, Chelmsford High School, Lexington High School, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Newton North High School, Newton South High School, North Andover High School, Philips Academy and Weymouth High School.

Thanks to the software program created by Caine Jette, a junior in MIT's Computer Science Department, the Blue Lobster Bowl and many other regional bowls drastically reduced paper usage this year. Plans call for all regional bowls to go green next year.

Sponsored by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, the NOSB is an annual round robin competition that tests students’ knowledge of ocean-related issues and encourages the next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, researchers, technicians, environmental advocates and informed citizens. Approximately 2,000 students from more than 300 high schools are participating in the 2010 NOSB.

The Blue Lobster Bowl is co-sponsored by The MIT Sea Grant College Program, The MIT Center for Ocean Engineering, and The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. For more information, see http://bluelobsterbowl.mit.edu or http://nosb.org .

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