Record 18 teams prepare for Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl on March 10 at Jefferson Lab

MEDIA ADVISORY: News Media invited to cover the March 10 Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl at Jefferson Lab; Record turnout with bright young minds from 18 teams vying for top spot in academic competition

The Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab in Newport News, Va., is hosting the 2007 Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl on Saturday, March 10. Eighteen teams - twice the number of teams that competed in 2006 - will participate this year.

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 9 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 schools join this fast-paced, academic competition for the first time.

For security purposes all visitors on March 10 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.

To learn more about the 2007 National Middle School Science Bowl competition, visit
Check out the types of questions students must answer at
View the Department of Energy's 2007 Science Bowl press release at:

Point of Contact: Linda Ware, or ph. (757) 269-7689 or Debbie Magaldi, or ph. (757) 269-5102

What: 2007 Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl

When: Saturday, March 10. Round-robin competition runs from 9:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. The double elimination, semi-final and finalist rounds run from 1:15 - 4:30 p.m. Awards presentations will be made immediately after the final round.

Where: Jefferson Lab, 12000 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, Va. (CEBAF Center auditorium, building 12). Directions to JLab are on the web at:


Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, or Jefferson Lab, for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. JSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, Inc. (SURA).

DOE’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. For more information, visit