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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.

 "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:

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)