Competition managed by DOE Office of Science
A team of students from Oak Ridge was among 14 teams of middle and high school students who won their regional competitions for the 2014 National Science Bowl this past weekend and are advancing to the National Finals in Washington, D.C., in April.
The Oak Ridge team is from Jefferson Middle School. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the winners on Monday.
“The National Science Bowl challenges students to excel and heightens their interest in fields vital to America’s continued scientific advancement,” Moniz said. “Congratulations to these students for advancing to the National Finals. I wish them the best of luck in the competition.”
The National Science Bowl brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete in a fast-paced question-and-answer format where they solve technical problems and answer questions on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, physics, and math, a U.S. Department of Energy press release said.
The teams that won their qualifying regional competitions this past weekend and are advancing to the National Finals are:
Grissom High School in Huntsville
University High School in Irvine
Lesher Middle School in Fort Collins
Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park
Oxford Middle School in Oxford
Oxford High School in Oxford
Fort Zumwalt South High School in St. Peters
Lux Middle School in Lincoln
The Meadows School in Las Vegas
Westview High School in Beaverton
Jefferson Middle School in Oak Ridge
Dulles High School in Sugar Land
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria
Morgantown High School in Morgantown
A series of regional middle school and high school tournaments are being held across the country from January through March. Winners will advance to the National Science Bowl held from April 24-28 in Washington, D.C., for the final middle school and high school competitions.
The top 16 high school teams and the top eight middle school teams in the National Finals will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments. Prizes for the top two high school teams for the 2014 National Science Bowl will be announced at a later date.
The high school team that won the 2013 National Science Bowl received a nine-day, all-expenses-paid science trip to Alaska, where they learned more about glaciology, marine and avian biology, geology and plate tectonics. The second-place high school team at the 2013 National Science Bowl won a five-day, fully guided adventure tour of several national parks, which included a whitewater rafting trip.
More than 225,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl since it was established in 1991, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. Approximately 14,000 students competed in the National Science Bowl last year and more are expected to participate this year.
DOE’s Office of Science manages the National Science Bowl Finals competition. More information is available on the National Science Bowl website: http://www.science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/.