Local High School Students To Compete In National Science Bowl Regional

Monday, February 10, 2014

Students from local high schools will compete in the 2014 National Science Bowl regional competition on Feb. 22 at the Blount County Campus of the Pellissippi State Community College in Friendsville. 

Now in its 24th year, the event, which is sponsored by the Department of Energy and managed by DOE's Office of Science, is designed to encourage the development of the nation's future leaders in science and technology and train the next generation of scientists and engineers for DOE. More than 225,000 students have participated in the annual event since it was created in 1991.

From this January through the end of March, about 9,000 high school students on some 1,850 teams are expected to compete in 69 high school regional competitions, which will be held in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Another 5,000 middle school students on about 1,100 teams are also expected to participate in 48 regional competitions in 36 states and the District of Columbia. Regional winners will head to the National Finals in Washington D.C., scheduled for April 24-28. 

During the competitions, teams of four students face off against one another in a fast-paced, question and answer format. They'll be challenged to solve mathematical problems and tested on their knowledge of a wide range of disciplines including astronomy, biology, earth science and physics.

Here's a quick sampling from Round 1 of a practice set that goes all the way up to Round 17:

1.     As a percentage by volume in Earth's atmosphere, what are the two most abundant gases in Earth's atmosphere?
2.     What is the most common term in physics for the product of mass times velocity?
3.     What planet has the greatest variation in temperature over a single one of its planetary days?

Answers: 1) Nitrogen and Oxygen, 2) Momentum, 3) Mercury 

Improving students' knowledge is one reason that DOE sponsors this, one of the nation's largest science competitions. But the larger goal of the National Science Bowl is to inspire the nation's future leaders in science and technology; to get them interested, to see them rewarded, and to start them on the way to building a better and brighter future. It starts with students with dedication, teams with ambition, coaches and parents with pride. And it adds up fast. Each regional sparks new talent; each competition gives future scientists the confidence they can shine. Best of all, the knowledge and skills students learn will continue to grow well after the competitions have concluded, officials said.

The Department'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. For more information visit http://science.energy.gov/about. For more information about the National Science Bowl, visit http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/.

One or more teams from the following schools are competing: 

Bartlett High


Sullivan Central High School


Brentwood High School


Tennessee High School


Hickman County High School


The McCallie School


Northwest High School


Rossview High School


STEM Academy at Kenwood High School


Bradley Central High School


Anderson County High School


Clinton High School


Cookeville High School


Gibbs High School


Jefferson County High School


Gibson County High School


Unaka High School


Blount Home Education Association


Daniel Boone High School


Merrol Hyde Magnet School


Campbell County Comprehensive High School


Liberty Technology Magnet High School


Science Hill High School

Johnson City

David Crockett High School


Sullivan South High School


Roane County High School


Bearden High School


Central High School


Farragut High


Hardin Valley Academy


Karns High School


Knoxville Catholic High School


Webb School of Knoxville


Lenoir City High

Lenoir City

Livingston Academy


Sequoyah High School


Heritage High School


Maryville High School


Christian Brothers High School


Lausanne Collegiate School


Melrose High School


Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering


Memphis University School


Siegel High School


Ensworth School


Stratford Stem Magnet High School


Oak Ridge High

Oak Ridge

Rockwood High School


Cherokee High School


Signal Mountain High School

Signal Mountain

White County High School


Summit High School

Spring Hill

Independence High School

Thompson's Station

Obion County Central High School


Community High School


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