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Home Schools of Eastern Iowa Wins Ames Laboratory/ISU Middle School Science Bowl

Contact:                                                                          For Release: March 1, 2011
Steve Karsjen, Ames Laboratory, 515-294-5643

Ames, IA—Middle school students from Home Schools of Eastern Iowa secured their spot as the regional champion of the Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Middle School Science Bowl on Saturday, February 26, 2011.

During the first match of the championship round, Home Schools lost to McKinley Middle School of Cedar Rapids by a lopsided score of 90-40, but since a team needed to lose twice in the double-elimination tournament and Home Schools was undefeated coming into the final, it set up an opportunity for a second match between the two schools.

ImageThe Home Schools team of Elijah Barker, Charity Barker, Nicholas Leonard, Sarah Weineth and Grace Talmage jumped out with an early lead in the second match and then proceeded to rack up an 84-4 lead by the end of the first half.  After a short break, the Home Schools team kept up the pressure, running up a score of 102-4 before McKinley managed correct answers to the next toss up and bonus questions. But McKinley was no match for Home Schools as the team proceeded to rack up points by correctly answering two more toss-up questions to McKinley's one, to make the final score of the second match 110-22. The Home Schools win gave McKinley its second loss for the tournament, making Home Schools the overall tournament victor.

Later when asked about their comeback strategy after their initial defeat in the first match, Elijah Barker, Home School's team captain, said his team's success in the second match was due to a changed strategy, which simply included buzzing in faster. "We knew the answers, we just needed to beat McKinley to the buzzer," he said. "The Science Bowl was very fun and we're looking forward to Nationals since we've never been there before."

The Home Schools of Eastern Iowa advances to the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl April 28-May 2 in Washington, D.C. There they will compete against winners from regional competitions across the country. They will also participate in numerous other exciting activities, including touring the National Mall.

The third place winner of the Middle School Science Bowl academic competition was Central Academy of Des Moines. The first and second place winners of the hydrogen fuel-cell car race, which was held on Friday, February 25, were Notre Dame of Burlington and Anthon-Oto-Maple Valley middle schools.

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


Middle School
Science Bowl Champion

Home Schools
of Eastern Iowa

Front (l-r): Charity Barker and Grace Talmage; Back (l-r):  Sarah Weineth,  Elijah Barker and Nicholas Leonard.


Middle School
Science Bowl Runner-up

McKinley Middle School
of Cedar Rapids

Front (l-r): Jacob Hugh and Oliver Hammond; Back (l-r):  Cole Malcolm, Sam Werner, Christopher Scank