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

Bartlett

Sullivan Central High School

Blountville

Brentwood High School

Brentwood

Tennessee High School

Bristol

Hickman County High School

Centerville

The McCallie School

Chattanooga

Northwest High School

Clarksville

Rossview High School

Clarksville

STEM Academy at Kenwood High School

Clarksville

Bradley Central High School

Cleveland

Anderson County High School

Clinton

Clinton High School

Clinton

Cookeville High School

Cookeville

Gibbs High School

Corryton

Jefferson County High School

Dandridge

Gibson County High School

Dyer

Unaka High School

Elizabethton

Blount Home Education Association

Friendsville

Daniel Boone High School

Gray

Merrol Hyde Magnet School

Hendersonville

Campbell County Comprehensive High School

Jacksboro

Liberty Technology Magnet High School

Jackson

Science Hill High School

Johnson City

David Crockett High School

Jonesborough

Sullivan South High School

Kingsport

Roane County High School

Kingston

Bearden High School

Knoxville

Central High School

Knoxville

Farragut High

Knoxville

Hardin Valley Academy

Knoxville

Karns High School

Knoxville

Knoxville Catholic High School

Knoxville

Webb School of Knoxville

Knoxville

Lenoir City High

Lenoir City

Livingston Academy

Livingston

Sequoyah High School

Madisonville

Heritage High School

Maryville

Maryville High School

Maryville

Christian Brothers High School

Memphis

Lausanne Collegiate School

Memphis

Melrose High School

Memphis

Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering

Memphis

Memphis University School

Memphis

Siegel High School

Murfreesboro

Ensworth School

Nashville

Stratford Stem Magnet High School

Nashville

Oak Ridge High

Oak Ridge

Rockwood High School

Rockwood

Cherokee High School

Rogersville

Signal Mountain High School

Signal Mountain

White County High School

Sparta

Summit High School

Spring Hill

Independence High School

Thompson's Station

Obion County Central High School

Troy

Community High School

Unionville


Grand Opening Of New UTC Library Is Thursday

The new UTC library has been open since students returned this semester, but the official grand opening for the facility is Thursday. The public is invited from 3-7 p.m. for tours, entertainment, refreshments, and fun along with the ceremonial ribbon cutting.   Guided tours will be offered at 3:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.  Meet in front of the CheckOut desk ... (click for more)

Tennessee State Library And Archives Appoints Educator Working Group

Christina Rogers of Whitwell Elementary is among  six Tennessee social studies teachers the Tennessee State Library and Archives named to its TSLA Educator Working Group. This group will assist and advise the Library and Archives staff about ways to make its Tennessee history collections available to teachers and students. The group will develop lesson plans based ... (click for more)

6,533 Apply For Chattanooga Housing Authority Voucher Program

The Chattanooga Housing Authority closed its Housing Choice Voucher Program application process Monday at 11:59 p.m. There were 6,533 applicants. CHA will randomly select 1,000 of those names on Monday, for the voucher program waiting list. Anyone who is not selected will need to apply again in the future.  The Housing Choice Voucher program is a federal government program ... (click for more)

Times Free Press Pays Bonuses, Has Layoffs

The Chattanooga Times Free Press told employees on Monday that the newspaper had improved financial performance over the prior year quarters and employees were receiving two percent bonuses. Sources said at the same time, the newspaper announced some layoffs. Those include four people in the newsroom and an unspecified number in other departments. Bruce Hartmann, president, ... (click for more)

We Need The Chattanooga History Center

Having been on several of Dr. Daryl Black's walking tours, I can say that they weren't just informative, but a treat. The downtown, Fort Wood and Ninth Street of yesteryear were brought dramatically to life. We stood on the ground where Sherman had his headquarters (near the Ice Cream Show) and the corner where Bessie Smith sang as a young girl. And we also stood beneath the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: He’s Exempt From Drunk

I love the old story about a popular Senator who, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, was asked late one evening, “Sir, what if we get bombed?” to which came the quick reply, “I’d be absolutely delighted … I can get one of my aides to drive us home afterwards.” You think of stuff like that when word comes from Kentucky that state legislator Brandon Smith was caught driving erratically ... (click for more)