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

         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

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