Some of the brightest young minds in the Commonwealth will meet at the Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab on Saturday, Feb. 12, to compete in the Virginia Regional High School Science Bowl. Twenty-two teams, representing high schools from across the state are participating in this year's academic competition.
The National Science Bowl tournament - sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy for the past 15 years - is an annual, academic competition among teams of students. "These events champion an interest in science and math among our nation's youth," notes Jan Tyler, Jefferson Lab's Science Education program manager. The teams face off in an intense question-and-answer format where contestants are grilled on their knowledge in math and a variety of scientific fields. The first place team from each regional tournament wins a trip to the Science Bowl Nationals held in Washington D.C., April 28 - May 2 and a cash prize. Runner-up teams win cash prizes to purchase science equipment for their respective schools.
The public is invited to attend the semi-final and final rounds of the Feb. 12 competition at Jefferson Lab, which will run from 1:30-5 p.m. in Jefferson Lab's CEBAF Center auditorium located at 12000 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, Va. For security purposes visitors must enter at Jefferson Lab's main entrance (Onnes Dr.). Everyone 16 and older is asked to carry a photo I.D., and security guards may perform parcel and vehicle inspections.
For the last three years, the winning team at the Virginia Regional Science Bowl - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, from Alexandria, Va. - has gone on to become the National Science Bowl winner.
The Lab will also host the Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl, Saturday, March 5.
More Science Bowl information:
List of Virginia high schools registered for the 2005 event (in alphabetical order):
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility’s (Jefferson Lab’s) basic mission is to provide forefront scientific facilities, opportunities and leadership essential for discovering the fundamental structure of nuclear matter; to partner in industry to apply its advanced technology; and to serve the nation and its communities through education and public outreach. Jefferson Lab, located at 12000 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, Virginia, is a Department of Energy Office of Science research facility managed by the Southeastern Universities Research Association.
Submitted: Tuesday, February 1, 2005 - 1:00pm