Thousands of middle- and high-school students, including a team from Kennesaw Mountain High School, will compete in 120 regional competitions all across the country as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Now in its 23rd year, the of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science’s National Science Bowl was established to encourage students in the challenging but essential subjects of science and mathematics to excel and ultimately pursue careers in those fields.
It's succeeding. Since its inception, more than 225,000 students have participated in what has become one of the nation's largest science competitions. This year, about 9,500 more high school students and 4,500 middle school students are expected to engage, many of whom will likely go on to become scientists and teachers, engineers and leaders.
But first, the students will have to win through the battle of wits, and that won't be easy. In the regional competitions, teams of four students each will be faced with tough mathematical problems and tested on their knowledge of a vast number of areas including astronomy, biology, Earth science and physics.
The regional competition featuring Kennesaw Mountain is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah.
Regional winners will earn fully-paid trips to Washington D.C. for the National Finals, scheduled for April 25-29. There the students will be tested with more difficult questions, as well as a car race (middle school) and a science challenge (high school). The national champions will receive pretty amazing prizes (which will be announced at a later date).
Only one middle and high school team apiece can win the finals prize.
Editor's note: This was prepared by Office of Science senior writer Charles Rousseaux.