AMES, Iowa— What do group 1 cations and group 7 anions combine to form? If you guessed alkali halides, you might just be ready to compete in the Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional High School Science Bowl. But you'd also better brush up on your math, astronomy, biology, physics, earth science and energy.
The brightest high school students from across Iowa will travel to Ames on Jan. 29 to compete in 21st annual Science Bowl. Forty teams of students will compete to answer questions from all the above-mentioned disciplines in the day-long, quiz-bowl format tournament.
Nearly 160 different Iowa high schools have participated in Science Bowl since its inception in 1991 with more than 3,800 students participating. Three schools—Jefferson-Scranton, Shenandoah, and Williamsburg—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 the U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl®, April 28 - May 2, 2011 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.
"Science Bowl is the premiere science competition in the country," said Steve Karsjen, Science Bowl coordinator and Ames Lab Public Affairs manager. "It's a very popular event and our scientists, staff, and students eagerly volunteer to support this important science outreach opportunity. We always look forward to working with the brightest students in Iowa."
Teams participating in this year's Science Bowl are:
Boyer Valley (Dunlap)
Central Academy (Des Moines)
Clear Creek Amana (Tiffin)
Dowling (West Des Moines)
East Union (Afton)
Home Schools of Eastern Iowa (Walker)
Iowa City West
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.