National Science Bowl
A team from Troy High School from Fullerton, California, won the National Science Bowl regional competition at JPL on Jan. 28, 2017. 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.

Troy High School, based in Fullerton, California, won this year’s National Science Bowl regional competition for the second year in a row. The competition was held on Sunday, January 28 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. It was the 25th year that JPL has hosted the event.

Before last year, Troy High School went a long stretch without any wins.

There was a drought from about 2001 to 2015, but team captain Mike Bao said, "Now we're coming back. We hope we're starting a new age for the school."

The team members now have a chance to test their science knowledge on a bigger stage: the National Science Bowl finals take place from April 27 to May 1 in Washington.

University High School of Irvine, California, came in second place. Arcadia High School came in third, while Crescenta Valley High School took the "best sportsmanship award" for the second year in a row.

The National Science Bowl is designed to inspire students to pursue careers in science or math. In its 26-year history, more than 250,000 students have participated in the science bowl.

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