Become a Question Writer for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl!
The National Ocean Sciences Bowl® (NOSB) is revamping its competition question writing process and is looking to hire science question writers during the summer of 2012 to write questions for our 2013 competitions.
NOSB is a national academic competition for high school students on marine sciences. The program is in its 16th year of exciting students about the ocean and inspiring them to pursue careers in a STEM field. We need your help to continue our strong impact.
We will be creating a committee of individuals with a strong collective knowledge of the ocean sciences – varying expertise in biology, chemistry, physics, geology, geography, technology, social science and marine policy – to write buzzer questions and Team Challenge Questions (TCQs) for the 2013 NOSB competitions.
The high school participants are tested at the college undergraduate level. Question writers will be asked to write questions that would be considered moderate or difficult for this level of student. Sample NOSB questions can be found at: http://www.nosb.org/teams/sample-questions/.
•Degree (preferably masters or higher) in one of the sciences
•Experience teaching (preferably high school or under grad students)
•Availability to attend the training workshop June 14 -15, 2012 (travel expenses will be covered)
•Comfort using databases and social network sites
•Possession of a personal computer and access to the Internet
•Ability to write and enter all 150 required questions in the database by September 7, 2012
•Ability to submit 6 TCQs by email by September 7, 2012
•Ability to work independently and collaboratively with a team
•Must NOT be a current NOSB coach in 2013 (or plan to be in 2014) or have a direct connection with current NOSB participants
•Willingness to sign a confidentiality agreement
•High interest in staying up to speed on current ocean science research and issues
•Multi-year commitment desired
Each Question Writer can earn up to a $1,500 stipend. A $250 payment will be provided to each question writer for attending the June workshop in Washington, DC and participating in up to five (5) 1-hour long online workshops. Each question writer will then receive a $500 good faith payment for submitting all required questions by the September deadline (150 buzzers & 6 TCQs). Each question writer can receive up to an additional $750 compensation, to be paid in December 2012, for the percentage of their submitted questions (both buzzers and TCQs) that are accepted by the NOSG Technical Advisory Panels.
To apply, please send your resume, cover letter and 3 sample buzzer questions and one sample TCQ to Melissa Brodeur (firstname.lastname@example.org) by COB Friday, May 4, 2012.