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 http://www.scied.science.doe.gov/nmsb/default.htm
Check out the types of questions students must answer at www.scied.science.doe.gov/nsb/samplqs.htm
View the Department of Energy's 2007 Science Bowl press release at: http://www.energy.gov/news/4614.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: 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: http://www.jlab.org/visitors/visiting/map4.html

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility’s (Jefferson Lab’s) basic mission is to provide forefront scientific facilities, opportunities and leadership essential for discovering the fundamental structure of nuclear matter; to partner in industry to apply its advanced technology; and to serve the nation and its communities through education and public outreach. Jefferson Lab, located at 12000 Jefferson Avenue, is a Department of Energy Office of Science research facility managed by the Jefferson Science Associates, LLC.