National Science Bowl
University High School took first place at the regional Science Bowl competition, held on Jan. 27, 2018. From left to right: Anton Ni; Phil Chen; Michael Diao; Jessica Lee; Maggie Zhang; and coach David Knight. 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.

University High School, based in Irvine, California, won the 2018 National Science Bowl regional competition. Santa Monica High School of Santa Monica, California, came in second place. Arcadia High School came in third, while South Hills High School received the Sportsmanship Award.

The 2019 National Science Bowl Regional Competition will be held January 26, 2019, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. It will be comprised of 24 teams from Los Angeles County and others nearby. Teams will be selected by lottery. To enter the lottery the coach must send a letter of intent to participate on school letterhead (must include email address and daytime phone number). To be included in the lottery we must receive your check and letter of intent by October 12, 2018 as well as complete the on-line registration at: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/regional-competitions/. Online registration opens Monday, October 1, 2018. Lottery winners will be announced on October 19, 2018.

The National Science Bowl is designed to inspire students to pursue careers in science or math. In its 28-year history, more than 290,000 students have participated in the science bowl.

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2019 Participating Schools
Arcadia High School
Crescenta Valley High School
Culver City High School
Diamond Bar High School
Dos Pueblos High School
Edison High School
Fairmont Preparatory Academy
Herbert Hoover High School
John Marshall Fundamental
Maranatha High School
Northwood High School
Portola High School
Rowland High School
San Marino High School
Santa Monica High School
South Hills High School
Temple City High School
Troy High School
University High School
Walnut High School
Whitney High School
Wilson High School
Woodbridge High School
Xavier College Prep High School