U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced a team of high school students from Allendale Columbia School in Rochester won their regional competition for the 2015 National Science Bowl (NSB) this past weekend, and are advancing to compete at the national finals in Washington, D.C., in April.
Officials said a series of 118 regional middle school and high school tournaments will be held across the country from January through March, and winners will advance to represent their areas at the National Science Bowl, held from April 30 to May 4 in Washington, D.C., for the final middle school and high school competitions.
This year marks the 25th time the national competition has been held, according to officials.
“The National Science Bowl has grown into one of the most prestigious science academic competitions in the country, and challenges students to excel in fields vital to America’s future,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz. “I congratulate these students for advancing to the national finals, where they will be among some of the brightest science and math students from across the country.”
Moniz said the top 16 high school teams, and the top eight middle school teams in the national finals, will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments. In addition, he said prizes for the top two high school teams for the 2015 NSB will be announced at a later date.
The high school team that won the 2014 NSB received a nine-day, all-expenses-paid science trip to Alaska, where they learned more about glaciology, marine and avian biology, geology and plate tectonics, officials from the competition stated.
In addition, the 2014 second-place team won a five-day, fully guided adventure tour of several national parks, which included a whitewater rafting trip.
Approximately 240,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl since it was established in 1991, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. More than 14,000 students compete in the NSB each year.
The DOE’s Office of Science manages the NSB Finals competition.
Visit the NSB website at http://www.science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/ for additional information regarding the competition.