Twenty Teams to Compete in Virginia High School Science Bowl on Feb. 7

The final match of the 2014 Virginia High School Science Bowl pitted Warwick High School, Newport News, against Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, the long-standing Virginia Science Bowl champs. The team from TJHSST won the day and advanced to the national finals. A number of teams that didn't make it into the semi-finals participated in the Stay All Day design and engineering challenge.

Twenty Teams to Compete in Virginia High School Science Bowl on Feb. 7

The final match of the 2014 Virginia High School Science Bowl pitted Warwick High School, Newport News, against Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, the long-standing Virginia Science Bowl champs. The team from TJHSST won the day and advanced to the national finals. A number of teams that didn't make it into the semi-finals participated in the Stay All Day design and engineering challenge.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Jan. 29, 2015 – Some of the brightest young minds in the Commonwealth will meet at the U.S. Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab on Feb. 7, to compete in the Virginia Regional High School Science Bowl. Teams from 20 schools are registered for this year's academic competition.

The National Science Bowl® – sponsored by the Department of Energy Office of Science since 1991 – is an annual competition among teams of students. 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 30-May 4. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science manages the National Science Bowl®, and sponsors the National Finals.

“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 will be open to the public.

Jefferson Lab will also host the Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl on Saturday, March 7.

Virginia schools registered for the Feb. 7 event include (in alphabetical order):

Atlee High School, Mechanicsville
Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, Virginia Beach
Broad Run High School, Ashburn
Charlottesville High School, Charlottesville
Colonial Heights High School, Colonial Heights
Floyd E. Kellam High School, Virginia Beach
Gloucester High School, Gloucester
Governor’s School for Science and Technology – New Horizons, Hampton
Harrisonburg High School, Harrisonburg
Hickory High School, Chesapeake
Langley High School, McLean
McLean High School, McLean
Mount Vernon High School, Alexandria
Patrick Henry High School, Ashland
Patriot High School, Nokesville
Piedmont Governor's School for Mathematics, Science and Technology, Martinsville
St. Christopher’s School, Richmond
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, Alexandria
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