Jefferson Lab Hosts 23 teams for Virginia Science Bowl on Feb. 7

Some of the brightest young minds in the Commonwealth will come together at the Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab on Saturday, Feb. 7, to compete in the Virginia Regional Science Bowl. Twenty-three teams, representing high schools from across the state are participating in this annual academic competition. Nine schools from the Hampton Roads area will compete in this year's event.

In an intense question-and-answer game format, contestants will be grilled on their knowledge in various fields of math and science. The first place team will win a trip to the Science Bowl Nationals held in Washington D.C., April 29 - May 3. Runner-up teams will 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 competition, 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 the Lab's main entrance (Onnes Dr.). Everyone over 16 is asked to carry a photo I.D., and security guards may perform parcel and vehicle inspections.

For the last two years, the winning team at Science Bowl Nationals — Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, from Alexandria, Va. — was the Virginia Regional Science Bowl winner. To learn more about the annual National Science Bowl competition, visit or check out the types of questions students must answer at


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