Science Bowl Competition Draws Top Students to Ames

For release: Jan. 22, 2010

Contacts:
Steve Karsjen, Public Affairs, (515) 294-5643

 

AMES, Iowa –For the 20th consecutive year, the brightest high school students from across Iowa will travel to Ames on Jan. 30 to compete in the Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional High School Science Bowl. Forty teams of students will compete to answer questions about astronomy, biology, physics, chemistry, earth science, general science and math in the day-long, quiz-bowl format competition.

 More than 150 different Iowa high schools have participated in Science Bowl since its inception in 1991 with more than 3,600 students participating. Eight schools – Aurelia, Columbus, Indianola, Lawton-Bronson, Monticello, Prince of Peace (Clinton), Schaller-Crestland, and South Winneshiek – are competing this year for the first time.

The event, which begins at 8:00 a.m. in Black, Howe and Hoover Halls on the ISU campus, is one of 69 regional Science Bowl competitions being held throughout the nation. Throughout its history, more than 100,000 high school students have participated in regional tournaments leading up to the National finals. Regional champions will advance to DOE’s National Science Bowl®, April 29 - May 4, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

The competing students will answer questions from a variety of subject areas during half-hour matches. The 16 teams that fare best in the morning rounds will advance to the double-elimination competition in the afternoon. Approximately 80 faculty, staff and students from Ames Laboratory and ISU serve as moderators, judges, timekeepers and scorekeepers during the event.

“The fact that after 20 years of competition, we drew eight new schools shows how popular this event has become,” said Steve Karsjen, Science Bowl coordinator and Ames Lab Public Affairs manager. “And many of our scientists, staff, and students eagerly volunteer to support this important science outreach opportunity and look forward to working with the brightest students in Iowa.”

Teams participating in this year's Science Bowl are:

Albia

Aurelia

Bettendorf

Boone

Boyer Valley

Central Academy (Des Moines)

Chariton

Clear Creek Amana

Columbus

Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne

Davenport North

Dowling (West Des Moines)

Dubuque

East Union (Afton)

Fort Dodge

Hempstead (Dubuque)

Home Schools of Eastern IA

Indianola

Lawton-Bronson

LeMars

Madrid

Mason City

Mediapolis

Monticello

Northwood-Kensett

Pella

Prince of Peace College Preparatory (Clinton)

Regina (Iowa City)

Saydel

Schaller-Crestland

South Winneshiek (Calmar)

Southeast Warren (Liberty Center)

Spencer

St. Albert (Council Bluffs)

Urbandale

Valley (West Des Moines)

Wahlert (Dubuque)

Waukon

Winterset

Xavier (Cedar Rapids)

Schedule of events for the Ames Lab/ISU Science Bowl:

8:00 a.m. – Registration (Hoover Hall Atrium)

8:15 a.m. – Welcoming remarks (Hoover Auditorium)

8:30 a.m.-11:00 – Round-robin competition (various rooms)

11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. – Lunch break

1:00-4:30 p.m. – Double-elimination competition of the top 16 teams (various rooms)

4:30-5:30 p.m. – Championship match and awards ceremony (Hoover Auditorium)

 

Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science research facility operated by Iowa State University. Ames Laboratory creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions. We use our expertise, unique capabilities and interdisciplinary collaborations to solve global challenges.