Hundreds of the brightest young minds in the commonwealth came together at the Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab today to compete in the Virginia Regional Science Bowl.
Winning the daylong academic competition was the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, from Alexandria, Va. Following in second place was the Governor's School for Global Economics and Technology from Keysville, Va. And finishing in third place — in their very first Science Bowl competition — was Walsingham Academy from Williamsburg, Va.
Twenty-one teams representing high schools from across the state participated in this annual academic competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
In an intense question-and-answer game format, the contestants were grilled on their knowledge in various fields of math and science. Winning first place at today's competition earns Thomas Jefferson High School a trip to the Science Bowl Nationals to be held in Washington D.C. in May. This was the team's third straight regional science bowl win; and they were last year's winners at Nationals. For today's win they took home a team trophy and banner, and a $1,000 prize that can be used by their school's science department. Second place won $750 for its school and third place earned $500 for its school.
To learn more about the annual National Science Bowl competition, visit www.scied.science.doe.gov/nsb/history.htm or check out the types of questions students must answer at www.scied.science.doe.gov/nsb/samplqs.htm.