10th Annual competition: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Congratulations to Homestead High School
SLAC hosted 105 high school students from 21 schools at the 10th Annual Department of Energy Regional Bay Area Science Bowl competition on February 8. The winning team from Homestead High School is one of 70 regional high school teams that will travel to Washington, D.C., on April 24 for four days to compete in the National Science Bowl. Fifty middle school teams will also take part.
The DOE has sponsored the National Science Bowl since it created the competition in 1991. Students answer multiple-choice and short-answer questions from many fields of science in a fast-paced format that requires them to think quickly. Teams spend months practicing, studying both science and the competition format.
This year’s questions covered biology, chemistry, physics, math, Earth and space science, and energy.
The penultimate match between Lynbrook and Saratoga high schools was the closest of the afternoon. Lynbrook played aggressively, frequently buzzing in before the moderator had finished reading the question. The strategy had worked well in earlier rounds, but this time each incorrect response gave Saratoga four points and a chance to answer the question. Lynbrook finished in third place.Homestead triumphed in the final match with a score of 118 to 32, leaving Saratoga with a second-place finish.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. High school student teams from diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. These teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math. The Department of Energy (DOE) created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. More than 225,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its 23 year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. Over the next several months, more than 9,500 high school students and 4,500 middle school students will compete in 70 high school and 50 middle school regional Science Bowl tournaments. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science manages the National Science Bowl®, and sponsors the NSB finals competition. 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.