February 11, 2008
Santa Monica High School won the Science Bowl held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The event is a regional astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, mathematics and physics competition.
With a final score of 208-66, the Santa Monica High team held off challenger Troy High School from Fullerton, winning an all-expense-paid trip to compete in the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., from May 1 through 6. This is the fifth consecutive year that Santa Monica has captured first place.
Troy High School placed second, while Arcadia High School placed third. About 100 science-savvy students from 24 high schools throughout Southern California competed this year.
The local student teams practiced for several months to prepare for this mentally-exhausting tournament, whose topics can range from the laws of thermodynamics to graphing quadratic functions. Students were not allowed to use calculators nor bring notes to the competition.
JPL has hosted the regional Science Bowl for 16 years. The U.S. Department of Energy created the National Science Bowl in 1991. It was designed to encourage students to study and pursue careers in science and math, and attracts about 17,000 middle and high school students nationwide. The National Science Bowl is the only academic competition sponsored by a federal agency.
Media contact: Rhea Borja/JPL 818-354-0850