Media Advisory: March 7 Virginia Middle School Science Bowl Tournament

What: The 2009 Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl

When: Saturday, March 7, 2009. Round-robin competition will run from 10 a.m. - noon. The double-elimination, semi-final and finalist rounds will run from 1:30 - 5 p.m. Awards will be presented immediately after the final round.

Where: CEBAF Center Auditorium at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, located at 12000 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA

Details: Twenty-three teams, representing middle schools from across the state are participating in this annual, academic competition. Catch the excitement as several schools join the competition for the first time and other schools field multiple teams.

News media representatives are invited to attend all or any part of the daylong event. Please contact the Jefferson Lab Public Affairs office by 5 p.m. Friday, March 6, if you plan on attending any part of the tournament, or if your news agency would like to receive the results at the end of Saturday's competition.

For security purposes, enter at JLab's main entrance (Onnes Drive.) on Jefferson Avenue. Everyone over 16 is asked to carry a valid photo ID. Security guards may perform ID, parcel and vehicle checks. This program is sponsored nationwide by the U.S. Department of Energy.


Contact: Debbie Magaldi, or (757) 269-5102


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