The Blue Lobster Bowl (BLB) is the regional Massachusetts competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB). BLB is affiliated with MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and is hosted by the MIT Sea Grant College Program. The winner of the BLB attends NOSB nationals.
The Blue Lobster Bowl covers all areas of marine science, including but not limited to marine biology, oceanography, geography, marine policy, and history.
BLB is a buzzer style quiz bowl competition. Teams are categorized into groups of 6 and compete against each other. Rounds consist of toss-up questions, which team members answer individually, and bonus questions, asked if the toss-up is answered correctly, which the team is able to confer on. The top two schools from each group advance to the final rounds, while the eliminated teams participate in the experimental section. In the experimental section, teams are presented with a real scientific problem and are asked to solve it using a variety of available resources including scientific papers, experimental evidence, and the internet.
The format of BLB is very similar to the NSB tournament.
BLB practices are held daily in Dr. Kraus's room (3114)