MEDIA ADVISORY:

Twenty-one high school teams compete in Virginia Regional Science Bowl hosted by Jefferson Lab

The Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) in Newport News, Va., is hosting this year's Virginia Regional Science Bowl on Saturday, February 8, 2003.

Twenty-one teams, representing high schools from across the state, are participating in the annual academic competition. News media are invited to attend all or any part of the daylong event.

In an intense question-and-answer game format, the contestants will be grilled on their knowledge in various fields of science. The first place team will win a trip to the Science Bowl Nationals held in Washington D.C. in May. Runner-up teams will win cash prizes to purchase science equipment for their respective schools. Last year's winning team at the National competition was a Virginia school.

For security purposes visitors must enter at the Lab's main entrance (Onnes Dr.). Everyone over 16 is asked to carry a photo I.D., and security guards may perform vehicle checks.

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.

Point of Contact: Linda Ware (757) 269-7689; Debbie Magaldi (757) 269-5102
What: 2003 Virginia Regional Science Bowl
When: Saturday, February 8. Round robin competition runs from 10 a.m. - noon. The double elimination, semi-final and finalist rounds run from 1:40 - 5 p.m. The awards presentations will be made immediately after the final round.
Where: Jefferson Lab, 12000 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, Va.

Please call (757) 269-7689 if you plan to attend any part of this competition.