Help Run the 2020 Blue Lobster Bowl (BLB) Foster enthusiasm for learning by officiating: keep score, keep time, run, (backup roles: judge rules, moderate, judge science, grade written team responses, or organize the science room and update the electronic scoreboard/google spreadsheet) WHEN Competition: Saturday, 2/29 9:25 AM to 4:30 or 6:30 PM Blizzard Postponement Day: Sunday 3/1 (If the 2/29 competition is postponed to 3/1 due to severe weather, we will let you know by Friday 2/28.) Commitment for BOTH 2/29 and 3/1 required for all volunteers. Training/Practice Sessions at MIT except on 2/10: Monday 2/10, 3-5pm at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Saturday, 2/22, 3:30-5:30pm Sunday, 2/23, 9:30-11:30am Sunday, 2/23, 12noon-12:45pm for dual 2/22 NSB volunteer officials only Sunday 2/23 evening conference call (for science room graders only) Monday 2/24, 6-8pm Monday 2/24, 8:30-10:30pm WHERE MIT, Cambridge WHY Support 150 high school students who are interested in and knowledgeable about the natural world by staffing the National Ocean Sciences Bowl "Blue Lobster Bowl" (BLB) regional competition, a fast-paced, one-day competition among up to 24 teams from MA* high schools Topics include the biology, chemistry, geology, physics, history, and economics of the ocean as well as ocean-related current events. The winning team will compete in the national finals in Mississippi in April. For more background, visit rules & regulations and to demonstrate your mastery of the moderator, science judge, rules judge, timekeeper, and/or scorekeeper role(s). Training Exceptions: -New/potential BLB moderators must do TWO (2) sessions AND audition/demonstrate proficiency -Science graders must participate in a 20-minute conference call to be scheduled on Sunday 2/23 evening, to be scheduled based on doodle/majority available. -We prefer runners who cross-train as time- and scorekeepers, but will accept dedicated runners available on both 2/29 and 3/1 but unable to attend a training/practice session. The 2020 Blue Lobster Bowl is hosted by MIT Sea Grant, and PMD is in charge of the entire competition, competitors and volunteers alike. This is a fragrance-free and nut-free event. Volunteers may not use/wear scented hair/face/hand/body/clothing products, including soaps and lotions, nor bring, consume, or wear/apply anything containing nuts. *Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Quahog Bowl, 4 Connecticut teams will compete in the 2020 BLB **Only experienced volunteers, past competitors, and volunteers with legal backgrounds serve as primary rules judges, given the complexity of the rules and fast pace of this competition. ***Only experienced volunteers and past competitors who have volunteered at least one year in another capacity generally serve as moderators given the complexity of this role. New moderators must participate/audition in TWO (2) training/ practice sessions in order to be considered for this role. ****We particularly need and encourage past competitors and ocean science and engineering educators and graduate students to work as a team to grade written team responses and to resolve scientific challenges rapidly. HOW Get involved! Volunteers run this entire competition. Apply asap before 2/4 at http://www.pmd.org/s/BLB2020.htm Please apply online only when you can definitely commit to both the competition and snow dates and at least one training session. We particularly welcome high school teachers and student volunteers considering forming their own, future BLB teams, but each individual member of a group/team/family must register him-/her-self separately. Incomplete applications cannot be considered, even if you have previously volunteered. No partial participation can be accommodated for this competition. This means that we canNOT accommodate any late arrivals or earlier- than-scheduled departures. After you apply, you will see a confirmation screen AND receive a confirmation email message. Then PMD will email your role(s) and specific details the week before training, including directions to MIT by public transit and by car, checklist and homework on how to prepare, map, and a waiver. Then a few days before the competition, PMD will email final details about the competition day. WHO People Making a Difference (PMD) is a nonprofit organization that promotes informed and responsible volunteerism by involving people in meaningful, hands-on work that meets local needs and by assisting companies and charities in building successful community involvement programs that: - Produce appreciable results while conserving recipients' limited resources, - Educate volunteers about broader issues, - Bring people together to make a difference. "Preparation through steady practice is the only honest avenue to achieving your potential." --Chi Chi Rodriguez ***Summary of Upcoming PMD Events*** People Making a Difference (PMD) PO Box 120189, Boston, MA 02112 Office (*82)1-781-963-0373 E-mail: Lori@pmd.org View PMD Photos & Like Us on Facebook Follow/Like the Blue Lobster Bowl on Facebook, too!