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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                February 16, 1993

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory will take part for the first time Feb. 20 in the national high school students' competition, the "National Science Bowl", when it hosts the semi-finals among 16 four-member teams from area schools.

The Science Bowl, testing students' knowledge in chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, astronomy and general Earth and computer sciences, is modeled after the old "College Bowl" TV show that aired in the early 1960s.

The competition is sponsored by the Department of Energy. It is the first time Southern California students have been able to compete locally. The program began in 1991.

The schools, mostly in the San Gabriel Valley but also one from Orange County and one from the community of Downey, will send teams of students from advanced placement courses to JPL for the competition. Los Angeles Unified District Schools will be tested at another DOE facility in Canoga Park.

The 16 four-member teams will spread out over several rooms in various buildings at the Lab for the elimination contests. The last two teams will compete in late afternoon in von Karman Auditorium. JPL Chief Scientist Moustafa Chahine will be the science judge for the last round.

The finals will be held in Washington, D.C. to coincide with National Science and Technology Week April 16-19. The winning team will receive prizes.
As teams are eliminated the members will be given tours of the Lab.

The questions to be used are described as of the type college freshmen would be expected to answer.

The questions were proposed by the various DOE facilities and JPL earlier and sent to DOE where they were put into a pool. From that series, questions were pulled and sent to the regional locations to be used in the semi-finals.

Due to the success of the first two National Science Bowls, this year's event has been expanded to include regionals hosted by agencies other than DOE, including NASA.

Teams from all 50 states have been invited to take part in regional contests and more than 15,000 students representing more than 3,000 schools are expected to participate in the regionals nationwide.
Valley high schools that have signed up include Arcadia, Azusa, Blair, Pasadena, Charter Oak, Mark Keppel, Muir, Foothill, Garvey, Marshall and South Hills. Woodbridge High School in Irvine and Warren High School in Downey also will take part.


2/15/93 JJD