Members of the Science Bowl team from University High School in Irvine, California pose after winning first place in the regional round, hosted at JPL. From left to right: Maggie Zhang, Anton Ni (team captain), Nyle Wong, David Knight (coach), Michael Diao, Jerry Li. 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.
After a full day of intense competition, a team of students from University High School in Irvine, California, earned first place in a regional round of the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl on Jan. 26, 2019. This is the second consecutive year that the school has placed first in the regional round, and it's the 27th year that NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has hosted the competition.
Twenty-four teams from around the Greater Los Angeles area competed in the regional competition this year at JPL, which drew more than 200 students, parents, coaches and guests. Competing in 16-minute-long rounds, teams were asked questions on a range of subjects, including math, physics, Earth and space, chemistry, biology and energy. The use of calculators, books, notes and the internet during the competition was prohibited.
After going undefeated throughout the tournament, University High will advance to the national tournament in Washington, D.C., in April. Last year's University High team, which included three of the five students on this year's team, took fifth place at the national competition.
Arcadia High School in Arcadia took second place in this year's regional round, and Troy High School in Fullerton took third place, while San Marino High School in San Marino took home the award for best sportsmanship.
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.