A team from Troy High School from Fullerton, California, won the National Science Bowl regional competition at JPL on Jan. 30, 2016. 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 24 years and has seen the participation of nearly 250,000 students. The 2016 JPL Regional Science Bowl was held on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. After surpassing 23 other teams at the JPL event, the Troy team will continue on to the National Science Bowl finals in Washington, which will be held April 28 to May 2.