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 this year’s National Science Bowl regional competition. The competition was held on Saturday, January 27 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. It was the 26th year that JPL has hosted the event.

The team members now have a chance to test their science knowledge on a bigger stage: the National Science Bowl finals take place April 26 to 30 in Washington D.C.

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 National Science Bowl is designed to inspire students to pursue careers in science or math. In its 27-year history, more than 275,000 students have participated in the science bowl.

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