National Science Bowl ®

National Science Bowl
University High School science bowl team pictured above, winners of the JPL Regional Science Bowl competition at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The National Science Bowl®, is a nationwide academic competition that tests students' knowledge in all areas of science. Competing teams from diverse backgrounds are composed of four students, one alternate and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. Coordinated by the Department of Energy, this round-robin/double-elimination tournament challenges high school students with questions about chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics and astronomy, as well as other areas, such as Earth and computer science. This past year over 15,000 students participated in 120 regional competitions at both the high school and middle school levels, and winners from each of these events received an opportunity to compete in the National Science Bowl finals in Washington.

The National Science Bowl high school competition has been in existence for 23 years and has seen the participation of nearly 200,000 students. The 2014 JPL Regional Science Bowl was held on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The winner of the 2014 JPL Regional Science Bowl, University High School, had the opportunity to compete in the National Science Bowl finals in Washington on April 24 - April 28, 2014. University placed third in the High School Darwin Division and first in their division Team Challenge Competition, thereby winning $500 for their school. 

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Ross Venook - Team Captain Science Bowl, 1995 & 1996 Woodbridge High School
Ross Venook - Team Captain Science Bowl, 1995 & 1996 Woodbridge High School

Current Position:
Principal Research & Development Engineer at Boston Scientific

He received his BS, MS, PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University where he was a postdoctoral scholar in biomedical engineer science and a renowned expert in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) safety. His work includes numerous publications and presentations on automatic RF tuning electronics for MRI receiver coils, methods for cross-sectional imaging near metal orthopedic implants with prepolarized MRI, and novel methods for monitoring and ensuring patient safety during interventional MRI procedures. His patent list continues to grow and his research has taken him world-wide for presentations. He was once a Future Scientist of America but now is a Scientist of the World.