February 18, 2005  


Science Bowl a Great Success

By Nina Stolar

The first DOE Science Bowl held at SLAC was a tremendous success due to strong volunteer participation by the SLAC community. A warm SLAC welcome greeted the 23 teams (one coach/five students) from 14 area high schools. People came forward from areas throughout the Lab and worked together seamlessly to master the myriad details for the tournament-style competition.

Nobel Laureate Professor Martin Perl (EE) (shown right) presented the 1st place trophy to Team 1 of Lynbrook High School in San Jose. Perl congratulated the students, asking them about their specific interests. Also shown left to right: RoseAnn Pelzner (SSO), Team 1 Coaches Amanda Day and Jessica Banchieri, students Andrew Xiao, Victor Lin, Lisa Wang, Grace Li and Andrew Ma. Ray Ng (Sandia) is shown to Perl’s left. (Photo by Diana Rogers)

This great educational outreach opportunity supports the DOE National Science Bowl. Winning teams from regional competitions are invited to the Nationals in Washington, DC (April 28-May 2). Local hosts this year were LBNL, Sandia National Laboratory in Livermore and SLAC.

You Can Take Pride in this Achievement

SLAC Ambassadors to the Community assured the day was a tremendous experience for students participating in this event! To properly conduct the official event, each of the 10 meeting rooms required a 3-person team to fill the official roles of Moderator, Timekeeper and Scorekeeper. Each position required a genuine personal commitment from Lab staff members, including a mandatory training session.

With over 10 years of Science Bowl experience each, regional coordinator Ray Ng (Sandia Lab) and RoseAnn Pelzner (SSO) were pleased and excited to add a third site in the Bay Area. Their guidance was invaluable in preparing for the event. Science Bowl alumni Michael Mazur (BaBar) and Geoffrey Milanovich (AO) lent the students’ perspective to the planning and helped with the training to better prepare us for the day.

This allowed many more students to participate. The overwhelming response from area high schools—many with multiple teams—shows the strong interest in students to get involved in science activities.

Ng sent his congratulations immediately after the event adding, “I just want to say ‘Great Job’ with the regional Science Bowl. There’s a great group of people at SLAC and I see a bright and long future with the Science Bowl. I hope you had a chance to enjoy everything. Again, thank you.”

Many thanks to our generous sponsors: Sandia National Lab, Sun Microsystems and the Epicurean Group.

And the Winner is...

After six morning rounds followed by a dramatic 3-way Tie-Breaker, the remaining students, coaches, parents and staff gathered in Panofsky Auditorium to watch the intense Elimination Rounds. At the end of the day, hard won trophies were presented by Martin Perl (EE) to winning the teams.

• 1st Place — Lynbrook High School, Team 1, San Jose

• 2nd Place — Monta Vista High School, Team 1, Cupertino

• 3rd Place — Monta Vista High School, Team 2, Cupertino

Toward the end of the day, students were overheard to say “Wow, this is a great place! I’m coming back here next year!”

For participating high schools and more information, see: http://www-group.slac.stanford.edu/com/scibowl/

For pictures of the Science Bowl, see: http://www-project.slac.stanford.edu/slacpix/index.htm



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