MEDIA ADVISORY:

News Media invited to cover March 11 Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl at Jefferson Lab; 9 teams competing

The Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab in Newport News, Va., is hosting the 2006 Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl on Saturday, March 11. Nine teams, representing middle schools from Tidewater/Hampton Roads and across the state are participating in this annual, academic competition. News media are invited to attend all or any part of the daylong event. Please contact one of the people listed below by 5 p.m. Friday, March 10 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.

Catch the excitement as several Tidewater/Hampton Roads middle schools join this fast-paced, academic competition for the first time.

For security purposes all visitors on March 11 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.

Schools competing at the Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl include:

Chancellor Middle School, Fredericksburg, VA
James Blair Middle School, Williamsburg, VA
Northampton Middle School, Machipongo, VA
Peasley Middle School, Gloucester, VA
Salem Middle School, Virginia Beach, VA
St. Gregory the Great Catholic School (Team A), Virginia Beach, VA
St. Gregory the Great Catholic School (Team B), Virginia Beach, VA
St. Pius X School, Norfolk, VA
Star of the Sea School, Virginia Beach, VA

To learn more about the 2006 National Science Bowl competition, visit http://www.scied.science.doe.gov/nsb/

Check out the types of questions students must answer at www.scied.science.doe.gov/nsb/samplqs.htm

View DOE's 2006 Science Bowl press release at http://www.energy.gov/news/3088.htm


Point of Contact: Linda Ware, ware@jlab.org or ph. (757) 269-7689 or Debbie Magaldi, magaldi@jlab.org or ph. (757) 269-5102

What: 2006 Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl

When: Saturday, March 11. Round robin competition runs from 9:30 - 11:45 a.m. The double elimination, semi-final and finalist rounds run from 1 - 3:30 p.m. Awards presentations will be made immediately after the final round.

Where: Jefferson Lab, 12,000 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, Va. (CEBAF Center auditorium, building 12). Directions to JLab are on the web at: http://www.jlab.org/visitors/visiting/map4.html