BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A team of students from Bakersfield was among 14 teams of middle and high school students who won their regional competitions for the 2014 National Science Bowl, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced.
The team from Stockdale High School will advance to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in April.
“The National Science Bowl challenges students to excel and heightens their interest in fields vital to America’s continued scientific advancement,” Energy Secretary Moniz said.
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.
The teams that won their qualifying regional competitions are advancing to the National Finals are:
Homestead High School in Cupertino
Stockdale High School in Bakersfield
American Heritage School in Plantation (High School winner)
Treasure Valley Math and Science Center in Boise (Middle School winner)
Daniel Wright Middle School in Lincolnshire
William Fremd High School in Palatine
Lincoln East High School in Lincoln
Los Alamos Middle School in Los Alamos
Allendale Columbia School in Rochester (High School winner)
Bismarck High School in Bismarck
Panhandle Junior High School in Panhandle
Pullman High School in Pullman
BASIS DC in Washington (Middle School winner)
Star Lane Center in Casper (High School winner)
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 won $1,000 for their schools’ science departments.
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/.