Nineteen Teams to Compete in Virginia Regional High School Science Bowl on Feb. 6

The final match of the 2015 Virginia Regional High School Science Bowl pitted Langley High School, McLean, against Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria. The team from TJHSST won the day and advanced to the national finals. Teams that didn't make it into the semi-finals participated in the Stay All Day design and engineering challenge. Pictured are photos from the 2015 event.

Nineteen Teams to Compete in Virginia Regional High School Science Bowl on Feb. 6

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., January 26, 2016 – Some of the brightest young minds in the Commonwealth will meet at the U.S. Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab on February 6, to compete at the Virginia Regional High School Science Bowl for a place in the National Science Bowl® finals. Teams from 19 schools are registered for this year's competition.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® – sponsored by the DOE’s Office of Science – is an annual academic competition among teams of four and five students. Since the inception of the National Science Bowl®, more than 250,000 students have participated in regional tournaments around the country.

The teams face off in an intense question-and-answer format where contestants are quizzed on their knowledge of math and a range of science disciplines, including biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, physics and energy.

The top three teams earn cash prizes and team trophies for their respective schools. The top team also wins an expenses-paid trip to the National Science Bowl Finals to be held in Washington, D.C., April 28 – May 2.

“These events champion an interest in science, math, engineering and technology among our nation's youth,” notes Jan Tyler, Jefferson Lab's Science Education manager.

“Participation in the National Science Bowl® encourages students to explore the fields of math and science outside of the classroom, helping them to excel in the competition as well as in school, and preparing them to understand and excel in a modern society. In addition, having this event at Jefferson Lab exposes the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators to the lab’s staff who volunteer during the competition, providing the students with more insight into the exciting opportunities and variety of possibilities of pursuing a DOE-related career,” Tyler points out.

“Nurturing interest in and knowledge of science, math and technology will help ensure America's strong competitive edge,” she adds.

The afternoon semi-final and final rounds held in the CEBAF Center auditorium and beginning around 1 p.m. will be open to the public.

Jefferson Lab will also host the Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl on Saturday, March 5.

Virginia schools registered for the February 6 event include (in alphabetical order):
Atlee High School, Mechanicsville
Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, Virginia Beach
Charlottesville High School, Charlottesville
Colonial Heights High School, Colonial Heights
Floyd E. Kellam High School, Virginia Beach
Gloucester High School, Gloucester
Hickory High School, Chesapeake
Langley High School, McLean
Mount Vernon High School, Alexandria
New Horizons Governor’s School for Science and Technology, Hampton
Patrick Henry High School, Ashland
Piedmont Governor's School for Mathematics, Science and Technology, Martinsville
Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach
Rock Ridge High School, Ashburn
St. Christopher’s School, Richmond
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, Alexandria
Stuart High School, Falls Church
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria
Warwick High School, Newport News

Learn more about DOE's National Science Bowl® competition at: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/

The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. The Office of Science supports a diverse portfolio of research at more than 300 colleges and universities nationwide, manages 10 world-class national laboratories with unmatched capabilities for solving complex interdisciplinary scientific problems, and builds and operates the world’s finest suite of scientific facilities and instruments. For more information on DOE’s Office of Science, visit: www.science.energy.gov.

The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, also known as Jefferson Lab, is supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy. Jefferson Lab is a nuclear physics research facility, and is managed and operated for the DOE by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC.

Contact: Deb Magaldi, Jefferson Lab Public Affairs, ph. 757-269-5102, magaldi@jlab.org