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Ames Middle School finishes in 4th place at 2018 National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.

Ames Middle School
(l-r) coach Rachel Miller, Nethaka Dassanayke, Rishabh Swamy, Gerald Han, Jacob Stevens, and Aidan Krueger.

Ames Middle School, Ames, Iowa, team members came in fourth at the U.S. Department of Energy's 2018 National Science Bowl (NSB), held in Washington, D.C. April 26-30. Ames Middle School successfully defeated all competitors in the Sandia bracket of the Round Robin portion of NSB to advance to Double Elimination tournament play.  The team was eventually defeated by both Odle Middle School, Bellevue, Washington, and Windemere Ranch Middle School, San Ramon, California, the two teams that went on to compete for the NSB Championship.  Ames came in fourth in the NSB behind thrid-place finisher, Rachel Carson Middle School of Herndon, Virginia. The NSB Championship matches for both middle school and high school teams was held at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. 

For advancing to Double Elimination, Ames Middle School received $1,000 from NSB, which it can use to support its school's science programs.  

"Our team believed in itself and competed very well," said Rachel Miller, Ames Middle School coach.  "Even though we didn't win, we had a great time."   

Johnston High School, Johnston, Iowa, competed in NSB's high-school competition, also held April 26-30 in Washington, D.C.  Johnston was one of nine teams that competed in the Ames division of NSB Round-robin competition, but did not advance to Double Elimination play.  This was the first time a team from Johnston High School had won the Ames Laboratory Regional Science Bowl competition to become elibible to represent Iowa at the NSB. 

During the four-day event, NSB students traveled to the National Mall on sightseeing trips and also particpated in team challenges, science day seminars, enhancement activities, and AP Test review sessions.  Students also listened to talks from dignitaries, including Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.  Office of Science Deputy Director Steve Binkley provided Welcome remarks at the Championship competition.  

More than 9,000 high school students and 4,500 middle school students competed in 65 high school and 45 middle school regional competitions to advance to NSB.

NSB celebrated its 27th year in 2018.  Ames Laboratory is a charter member of NSB and celebrated its 27th year of hosting Regional Science Bowl competitions in 2018.  

For more information on NSB, go to: https://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb.  To learn more about Ames Laboratory's Science Bowl and its STEM education and training programs, go to: https://www.ameslab.gov/education.