Farragut Middle School finished first in the U.S. Department of Energy’s East Tennessee Middle School Science Bowl on Saturday. Jefferson Middle School in Oak Ridge finished second, and Norris Middle School finished third.
The sixth annual East Tennessee Middle School Science Bowl was on Saturday, February 6, at Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge. It highlighted the academic and problem-solving abilities of students representing 13 Tennessee middle schools, a press release said.
“The Middle School Science Bowl is a competition that tests participants’ knowledge in mathematics and the sciences,” the press release said.
There were 16 teams this year, and they included some of the state’s brightest middle school students. The students were quizzed in a fast-paced question-and-answer format similar to the Jeopardy! television game show, the press release said. Each team included four student competitors, an alternate, and a coach who also served as the team’s adviser.
After an intense competition, three winning teams emerged and received monetary awards:
- First place ($750)—Farragut Middle School—Team 1. The team will travel to Washington, D.C., from April 28-May 2 to compete in the DOE National Science Bowl.
- Second place ($500)—Jefferson Middle School.
- Third place ($250)—Norris Middle School.
Other teams in this year’s competition came from Alcoa Middle School, the Blount Home Education Association, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering, Webb School of Knoxville, Cedar Springs Homeschool, Concord Christian School, Cedar Bluff Middle School, Trinity Christian Academy, and Oliver Springs Middle School.
Sponsoring an event of this size requires a large number of volunteers dedicating many hours of their time and financial support, the press release said. This year’s sponsors included DOE, the American Museum of Science and Energy, the AMSE Foundation, Roane State Community College, and Z11 Communications.
For more information about the DOE’s East Tennessee Middle School Science Bowl, visit http://www.amse.org/.
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