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Middle School Science Bowl Set for February 25-26, 2011

ImageAMES, Iowa – The brightest middle school students from across Iowa will travel to Ames on February 25-26 to compete in the 8th annual Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Middle School Science Bowl.  Sixteen teams of students will participate in the two-day competition, which includes a hydrogen fuel-cell car race on Friday, Feb. 25, and a quiz-bowl competition on Saturday, Feb. 26.

The hydrogen fuel-cell car building and racing competition on Friday will be held in the atrium of the Molecular Biology Building on the ISU campus at 6 p.m.  Students will bring kit cars assembled from materials already provided and race them in an exciting double-elimination competition.  

On Saturday, students will once again assemble, but this time in the Spedding Hall auditorium , (3rd floor Spedding) on the ISU campus for the opening for the quiz-bowl competition.  Beginning at 8:30 a.m., the competing students will participate in pool-play competition, answering questions from a variety of subject areas during half-hour matches.  Subject areas include earth, physical and general sciences, energy, and math.  All 16 teams will advance to the double-elimination competition, which begins at 10:30 a.m and culminates in a final match at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Approximately 60 faculty, staff and students from Ames Laboratory and ISU serve as moderators, judges, timekeepers and scorekeepers for the Middle School Science Bowl.

The Ames Laboratory/ISU event is one of approximately 60 regional Science Bowl competitions being held throughout the nation.  Regional champions will advance to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl®, April 28 - May 2, 2011 in Washington, D.C.

Over 600 students from different Iowa middle schools across the state have participated in Ames Laboratory/ISU Science Bowl since its inception in 2004.  Several schools – Stilwell, Carlisle and Williamsburg  – are competing this year for the first time.

 â€œScience 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.â€

Teams participating in this year's Science Bowl are:

Willimasburg St. Albert Pella Christian IKM Manning Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Central Academy
South Hamilton Carlisle Stilwell (WDSM) Mediapolis Notre Dame (Burlington) Eleanor Roosevelt
Home Schools of Eastern Iowa Lynnville-Sully McKinley (Cedar Rapids) Anthon-Oto-Maple Valley    

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

Friday (Molecular Biology Building, ISU campus)

5:00 p.m. – Team registration (atrium)

6:00 p.m. – Hydrogen fuel-cell car race (atrium)

7:00 p.m. – The Amazing Chemistry Show (auditorium)

Saturday (Hach Hall, Spedding Hall and TASF)

7:30 a.m. – Registration (HACH Hall lobby)

8:00 a.m. – Welcoming remarks and announcement (Spedding Hall auditorium)

8:30 a.m.-10:00 – Pool play

10:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. – Double-elimination competition

3:00  p.m. – Championship match and awards ceremony (Spedding Hall auditorium)