AMES, Iowa â€“ 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 Energyâ€™s National Science BowlÂ®, 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 â€“ Stilwell, Carlisle and Williamsburg â€“ are competing this year for the first time.
â€œScience Bowl is the premiere science competition in the country,â€ said Steve Karsjen, Science Bowl coordinator and Ames Lab Public Affairs manager. â€œItâ€™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. â€“ Team registration (atrium)
6:00 p.m. â€“ Hydrogen fuel-cell car race (atrium)
7:00 p.m. â€“ The Amazing Chemistry Show (auditorium)
Saturday (Hach Hall, Spedding Hall and TASF)
7:30 a.m. â€“ Registration (HACH Hall lobby)
8:00 a.m. â€“ Welcoming remarks and announcement (Spedding Hall auditorium)
8:30 a.m.-10:00 â€“ Pool play
10:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. â€“ Double-elimination competition
3:00 p.m. â€“ Championship match and awards ceremony (Spedding Hall auditorium)