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The National Science Bowl Students are Here! (The Streets of D.C. Just Got a Little Smarter.)

April 28, 2011 - 3:45pm

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Hundreds of America’s best science high school and middle school students are arriving in D.C. today to gear up for the National Science Bowl.

For the last few months, more than 14,000 students from 1,800 schools competed in 110 regional matches -- all to determine the best science teams in the nation. After a series of run-off competitions this weekend, the best-of-the-best, last-standing teams will compete in the Science Bowl finals on Monday, May 2, to determine the 2011 national middle and high school winners.

“The U.S. needs the best and the brightest scientists and engineers to help solve many of our nation’s greatest challenges,” said Secretary Chu, who will speak at the awards ceremony on Monday. “The National Science Bowl engages students in a fun and rewarding competition, and encourages them to direct their talents towards careers in science, mathematics and technology.”

We'll be covering the full weekend of science bowl run-off rounds and activities on the Science Bowl Journal and you can come back to Energy.gov on Monday morning, starting at 9:30 AM ET, for a livestream of the championship rounds.

And in case you're wondering, beyond national recognition, the high school championship team will win a two-week trip to the International Science School in Sydney, Australia and the winner of the high school Civility Award for sportsmanlike conduct will travel to Alaska for a nine-day scientific/outdoor excursion. Additional prizes include $500-$1000 awards toward schools’ science departments, scholarships, trophies, plaques, electronic book readers and gift certificates.

Ginny Simmons is a New Media Specialist with the Office of Public Affairs

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