7 Tips to Forming a Successful NOSB Team #1
Each student should be knowledgeable in all of the 4 main discipline areas (biology, chemistry, geology, and the physical properties associated with the marine/coastal environment) with some knowledge in the remaining four areas (social sciences, marine policy, geography, and technology). However, the more successful teams have students that are more specialized in different areas. For example: Student “A” might know more about hydrothermal vents and plate tectonics (geological properties) than the rest of her/his team members. While Student “B” has a stronger background in currents and wave action (physical properties) than the rest of her/his team. This will give your team a good balance with an “expert” in each of the 4 main disciplines and 3 sub-disciplines.
It is also a good idea to have a few grade levels represented, not just seniors. By breaking up your team (3-4 junior and/or seniors and 1-2 freshmen and/or sophomores) you will still have some veterans in the current year while giving a few rookies the necessary experience to carry your team the next year. Some teachers let the students vote for team members based on knowledge, performance, and attendance. Others hold practice competitions to determine the team. It is usually up to you, so choose your team wisely. Most competitions allow non-participants to watch all the matches and to cheer their team’s achievements.