NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Some of the brightest young minds in the Commonwealth will meet at the Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab on Saturday, Feb. 27, to compete in the Virginia Regional High School Science Bowl. Teams from 20 high schools from across the region are registered for this year's academic competition.
The National Science Bowl tournament – sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy since 1991 – is an annual competition among teams of students. The teams face off in an intense question-and-answer format where contestants are quizzed on their knowledge in all science disciplines, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, general science, mathematics and physics.
"These events champion an interest in science, math and engineering among our nation's youth," notes Jan Tyler, Jefferson Lab's Science Education manager.
The top three teams from this event will earn cash prizes and team trophies for their respective schools. The top team also wins an expenses-paid trip to the Science Bowl Nationals to be held in Washington, D.C., April 29 to May 4.
The public is invited to attend the semifinal and final rounds of the Feb. 27 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. For security purposes, visitors must enter at Jefferson Lab's main entrance (Onnes Dr.). Everyone 16 and older is asked to carry a valid photo I.D., and security guards may perform parcel and vehicle inspections.
"This marks the 20th year that the U.S. Department of Energy has sponsored the National Science Bowl program. The Science Bowl competition encourages our nation's students to become the next generation of innovators. This tough competition is a training ground for young minds that may become tomorrow's leaders in scientific discovery. Encouraging and nurturing interest in and knowledge of science, math and technology will help ensure America's strong competitive edge for decades to come," Tyler adds.
The DOE Office of Science’s Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists program, which manages the National Science Bowl, has a number of programs designed to train the next generation of scientists and engineers with the goal of helping to maintain the nation’s scientific and technological leadership. DOE launched the National Science Bowl program for high-school and middle-school students to encourage students to choose an education in the sciences and engineering.
Jefferson Lab will also host the Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl on Saturday, March 6.
Virginia high schools registered for the Feb. 27 event include (in alphabetical order):
Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, Virginia Beach
Broadwater Academy, Exmore
Floyd E. Kellam High School, Virginia Beach
Gloucester High School, Gloucester
Hickory High School, Chesapeake
Mount Vernon High School, Alexandria
Nansemond River High School, Suffolk
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, Suffolk
New Kent High School, New Kent
Northside High School, Roanoke
Piedmont Governor's School for Mathematics, Science and Technology, Collinsville
Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach
Robert E. Lee High School, Springfield
Seton School, Manassas
St. Christopher's School, Richmond
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, Alexandria
TC Williams High School, Alexandria
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria
Warwick High School, Newport News
Woodbridge Senior High School, Woodbridge
To learn more about DOE's National Science Bowl competition, visit
Check out the types of questions students will answer at