Sponsors Kathy and Steve Boerigter and the LAHS team. Courtesy photo
Sponsor Lindsey Fullop and the LAMS team. Courtesy photo
Two teams of sharp students from Los Alamos Public Schools represented New Mexico at the National Science Bowl held in Washington, D.C., April 26-30.
After winning their respective regional competitions, both teams were awarded an all-expense-paid trip to the national competition to go head-to-head with some of the best teams from around the US.
Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition sponsored by the U.S Department of Energy that tests middle and high school students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. There were about 115 middle and high school teams that faced off in Washington, D.C., this year.
While neither LAPS team advanced beyond the round-robin portion of the tournament, being invited to the National Science Bowl in the first place is quite an honor. The Los Alamos High School students tied for 5th in their division but did not go on to the double elimination round. According to the LAHS sponsor Kathy Boerigter, the students learned what it means to be a big fish in a small pond in Los Alamos, and what the big ponds look like.
“It was a great experience!” Boerigter said. “The students were good competitors.” They even bumped into an alumnus, Scott Carlsten, a 2012 graduate, working as a judge.
Although the middle school team, sponsored by Lindsey Fullop, did not win any of their matches during the round-robin portion, they played well and did not lose points due to careless penalties. Toward the end of the weekend, the middle school students competed in a Cyber Challenge activity and placed 15th out of 48 middle schools.
All of the students had a blast sightseeing around Washington, D.C., and enjoyed a bus tour of the monuments at night. Throughout the weekend, they also got to see the National Mall, the Air and Space Museum and the Natural History Museum.