Media Advisory: Virginia Middle School Science Bowl Set For March 5 at Jefferson Lab

What: The Department of Energy's 2011 Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl

When: Saturday, March 5, 2011. Round-robin competition will run from 9 a.m. - noon. The double-elimination, semi-final and finalist rounds will run from 1 p.m. to approximately 4 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 23606

Details: Eighteen teams, representing middle schools, home-school groups and a science club from across the commonwealth are participating in this annual, academic competition. Catch the excitement as some schools join the competition for the first time.

The winning team earns $750 for its school and an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the Science Bowl Nationals. Last year's winning team was from Longfellow Middle School, Falls Church.

News media representatives are invited to attend all or any part of the daylong event. Please contact the Jefferson Lab Public Affairs office by 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5, if you 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. The public is invited for the double-elimination rounds, from 1-4 p.m.  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, magaldi@jlab.org or (757) 269-5102

Participating schools and groups, in alphabetical order:
Albert Hill Middle School, Richmond
Benton Middle School, Manassas
Chancellor Middle School, Fredericksburg
Davis Middle School, Hampton
Gildersleeve Middle School, Newport News
Glade Spring Middle School, Glade Spring
Grafton Middle School, Yorktown
Longfellow Middle School, Falls Church
Northern Virginia Homeschoolers, Centreville
Page Middle School, Gloucester
Rachel Carson Middle School, Herndon
Renaissance Academy, Virginia Beach
Salem Middle School, Virginia Beach
Science Kids Club, Centreville
Syms Middle School, Hampton
Trinity Lutheran School, Newport News
Wallace Middle School, Bristol
Westhaven Elementary School, Portsmouth

To learn more about the U.S. Department of Energy's annual National Science Bowl competition, visit: http://www.scied.science.doe.gov/nsb/
Check out the types of questions students will answer at: http://www.scied.science.doe.gov/nsb/ms/sampleqs.htm

Jefferson Lab is one of 10 national research laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. It is managed and operated for the DOE by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC.