Virginia Middle School Science Bowl

Twenty Teams to Compete in Virginia Middle School Science Bowl on March 5

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Some of the brightest young minds in the Commonwealth will meet at the U.S. Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab on March 5, to compete in the Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl. Teams from 20 schools are registered for this year's academic competition.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® is an annual academic competition among teams of four and five students. Since the inception of the National Science Bowl®, more than 250,000 students have participated in regional tournaments around the country.

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 28-May 2.

“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 and beginning around 1 p.m. will be open to the public.

Schools registered for the tournament include (in alphabetical order):

Berkeley Middle School, Williamsburg
Carson Middle School, Herndon
Crittenden Middle School, Newport News
Edlin School, Reston
Floris Elementary School, Herndon
Frost Middle School, Fairfax
Greenbriar West Elementary School, Fairfax
Hampton Roads Academy, Newport News
Longfellow Middle School, Falls Church
Louise A. Benton Middle School, Manassas
McNair Elementary School, Herndon
Nysmith School for the Gifted, Herndon
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Newport News
Page Middle School, Gloucester
Peasley Middle School, Gloucester
. John the Apostle Catholic School, Virginia Beach
St. Patrick Catholic School, Norfolk
Star of the Sea School, Virginia Beach
Trinity Lutheran School, Newport News
Wallace Middle School, Bristol

Learn more about DOE's National Science Bowl® competition 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).

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