Saturday, Feb. 7, the Los Alamos Science Bowl A-Team including Jerry Li, Nicholas Koskelo, Katherine Wang, David Gao and Wilbur Wang, won first place at the regional Science Bowl competition held at Highlands High School in Albuquerque. They will advance to the National Science Bowl competition in Washington, D.C.
As the regional science bowl championship team, they will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete at the National Science Bowl®, held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center just outside of Washington, D.C.
The Department of Energy invited 110 regional champion teams (http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/news-media/2016-press-releases-of-regional-winners/) representing each state as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico to compete for the national title. The top 16 high school will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments.
DOE began sponsoring the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage student involvement in math and science activities of importance to the Department of Energy and the Nation. Students compete in a fast-paced double-elimination tournament.
The high school questions cover college-level material from biology, chemistry, earth and space science, energy, mathematics and physics. Sample questions can be viewed here.
This is the seventh time the Los Alamos Science Bowl team has advanced to the national level.
“The A-Team never lost,” team Coach Kathy Boerigter said. “The B team took third overall with an all freshmen team and almost ended up in finals competing against LAHS’s A team!”
“These kids are brilliant. There were people in the audience with Ph.D.’s who couldn’t answer all of the questions,” Boerigter said. “Also, we had the strongest parent turnout. We had a roomful of supportive parents who stayed to participate and listen.”