The National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB) is an ocean science academic competition for high school students. The first NOSB competition was conducted in 1998 to celebrate the International Year of the Ocean and to stimulate students' interest in the ocean sciences. The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) manages this program. COL is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that represents leading public and private ocean research and education institutions.
The Coastal Connections curriculum unit is a set of field, lab, and classroom experiences focusing on coastal watershed study in Maine. The unit is aligned with the State of Maine Learning Results for the Middle Grades. The Coastal Connections unit provides students with scientific research skills and field opportunities that increase their awareness of human links to the local watershed, while achieving the goals of the Maine State Learning Results. The lessons in the unit were originally prepared by Mark Gunter, a science teacher at Shapleigh Middle School in Kittery, ME.
Old Town Elementary School students share posters about the Penobscot River Watershed with family, friends, and community members. June 2008. Photo: Beth Bisson
Celebrating and Strengthening Community Connections to the River that Sustains Us