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103 Teams to Head to DOE's National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.

April 23, 2009 - 12:00am

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WASHINGTON, DC- Students from 67 high school teams and 36 middle school teams from across the nation will compete next weekend for championship titles in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Science Bowl in Washington D.C.  The National Science Bowl is the nation's largest academic competition of its kind and the only one sponsored by a federal agency.  The National Finals will be held from May 2 through May 4. 

Each of the participating teams emerged from a regional competition to earn an all-expense-paid trip to the event.  The participating teams represent 42 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.  More than 15,000 high school students and 6,000 middle school students participated in this year's regional competitions.

Regional winners have spent months preparing for the contest, which features head-to-head competition in a question-and-answer format similar to Jeopardy.  The students will be quizzed on all science disciplines including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics and astronomy, as well as math.  Below is a sample question from a previous year's high school competition:

ASTRONOMY:  In a red giant, at about 100 million degrees, the helium nuclei will fuse to form more of this element than any other.  ANSWER:  CARBON

This is the first year that the DOE's National Science Bowl will hold the middle school and high school competitions simultaneously.  The middle school question-and-answer competition begins Saturday, May 2 at 9:30 a.m. at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD.  The high school teams will compete solving hands-on science experiments on Saturday afternoon, May 2.  The high school question-and-answer competition begins Sunday, May 3 at 11:15 a.m. The championship rounds will be held Monday, May 4 from 10:00 am to 12:30 p.m. at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.  Middle school teams will also compete in a day-long Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model Car Competition on Sunday, May 3, at the Bethesda Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, MD.   Additional details will be announced in the coming days.

The 16 high school and 16 middle school teams advancing past the first elimination rounds will each return home with $1000 and $500, respectively, for their school science programs.  The high school national champion will win an all-expense-paid science research trip to attend the International Science School at the University of Sydney, Australia. 

DOE created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields.  DOE supports mathematics and science education to help provide a technically trained and diverse workforce for the nation.

Biographical information about the teams and additional information about DOE's National Science Bowl are available on the National Science Bowl website.

The list of middle school and high school teams follows.

2009 Department of Energy National Science Bowl

Regional Champions

Alabama

      Auburn           

            Middle - Auburn Junior High School

            High - Auburn High School

Arizona

      Phoenix

            Middle - Madison Park School

            High - Brophy College Preparatory

Arkansas

      Fort Smith

            Middle - Ramsey Junior High School

      Huntsville

            High - Huntsville High School

California

      Albany

            High - Albany High School

      Cupertino

            High - Homestead High School

      Fremont

            Middle - Hopkins Junior High School

            High - Mission San Jose High School

      Fresno

            Middle - Edison Computech 7-8

      Goleta

            High - Dos Pueblos High School

      La Jolla

            Middle - The Preuss School UCSD

            High - La Jolla High School

      Los Angeles

            Middle - Florence Nightingale Middle School

      Lodi

            High - Tokay High School

      North Hollywood

            High - North Hollywood High School

      Palo Cedro

            High - Foothill High School

      Sacramento

            High - Mira Loma High School

      Santa Monica

            High - Santa Monica High School

      Sunnyvale

            Middle - Challenger School

Colorado

      Englewood

            High - Cherry Creek High School

      Fort Collins

            High - Ridgeview Classical Schools

Connecticut

      Hamden

            High - Hamden High School

District of Columbia

      High - Woodrow Wilson Senior High School

Florida

      Gainsville

            Middle - Lincoln Middle School

      Plant City

            High - Durant High School

      Weston

            High - Cypress Bay High School

Georgia

      Lilburn

            High - Parkview High School

Hawaii

      Honolulu

            High - Punahou School

Idaho

      Boise

            High - Treasure Valley Math and Science Center

      Coeur d'Alene

            High - Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy

      Grangeville

            High - Grangeville High School

Illinois

      Chicago

            High - Benito Juarez Academy

      Naperville

            High - Naperville North High School

      River Forest

            Middle - Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School

      Rockford

            High - Rockford Auburn High School

Indiana

      Terre Haute

            Middle - Honey Creek Middle School

            High - Terre Haute South Vigo High School

Iowa

      Des Moines

            High - Central Academy

      Dubuque        

            Middle - Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School

Kansas

      Shawnee

            High - Mill Valley High School

Kentucky

      Goshen

            Middle - North Oldham Middle School

Louisiana

      Lafayette

            High - Lafayette High School

Maryland

      Silver Spring

            Middle - Takoma Park Middle School, Silver Spring

            High - Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring

Massachusetts

      Lexington

            Middle - Jonas Clarke Middle School

            High - Lexington High School

Michigan

      Detroit

            High - Renaissance High School

      Saginaw

            Middle - Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

Minnesota

      St. Paul

            High - St. Paul Central High School

      Springfield

            Middle - Springfield Public Schools

Mississippi

      Clinton

            Middle - Clinton Junior High School

      Columbus

            High - Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

Missouri

      Kansas City

            High - Pembroke Hill School

Montana

      Billings

            Middle - Will James Middle School

      Helena

            High - Helena High School

Nebraska

      Lincoln

            Middle - Lux Middle School

      Omaha

            High - Creighton Preparatory School

Nevada

      Las Vegas

            Middle - Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr High School

            High - The Meadows School

New Hampshire

      Exeter

            High - Phillips Exeter Academy

New Jersey

      Plainsboro

            High - West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North

      Princeton Junction

            Middle - Thomas Grover Middle School

New Mexico

      Albuquerque

            Middle - Albuquerque Academy

            High - Albuquerque Academy

      Las Cruces

            Middle - Sierra Middle School

            High - Oñate High School 

New York

      Brooklyn

            High - Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn

      Delmar

            High - Bethlehem Central High School, Delmar

      East Setauket

            High - Ward Melville High School, East Setauket

      Niskayuna

            Middle - Van Antwerp Middle School, Niskayuna

      Stony Brook

            Middle - Robert Cushman Murphy Junior High School, Stony Brook

      Syracuse

            High - Syracuse University STEP, Syracuse

      Tonawanda

            Middle - St. Christopher School, Tonawanda

North Carolina

      Raleigh

            High - William G. Enloe High School

North Dakota

      Dickinson

            High - Dickinson High School

Ohio

      Centerville

            High - Centerville High School

Oregon

      Beaverton

            Middle - Summa Academy South

Pennsylvania

      Pittsburgh

            Middle - Carson Middle School

            High - Pittsburgh Taylor Allderdice High School

Puerto Rico

      Caguas

            High - Colegio Catolico Notre Dame High School

South Carolina

      Roebuck

            High - Paul Dorman High School

South Dakota

      Aberdeen

            High - Aberdeen Central High School

Tennessee

      Oak Ridge

            High - Oak Ridge High School

Texas

      Amarillo

            Middle - St. Andrew's Episcopal School

            High - Randall High School

      Austin

            Middle - Austin Area Homeschoolers

            High - Austin Area Homeschoolers      

      Brownsville

            Middle - Harmony Science Academy

      Dallas

            High - Science and Engineering Magnet

      Mercedes

            High - Science Academy of South Texas

      San Antonio

            Middle - Katherine Stinson Middle School

            High - Saint Mary's Hall School

U.S. Virgin Islands

      Kingshill

            High - St. Croix Educational Complex

Vermont

      Woodstock

            Middle - Woodstock Union Middle School

Virginia

      Alexandria

            High - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

      Herndon

            Middle - Northern Virginia Homeschoolers

Washington

      Pullman

            Middle - Lincoln Middle School, Pullman

      Richland

            High - Hanford High School

      Vancouver

            High - Mountain View High School

West Virginia

      Beckley

            High - Woodrow Wilson High School

 

Wyoming

      Gillette

            High - Campbell County High School

Media contact(s):

Jeff Sherwood: (202) 586-5806

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