The Bakersfield High School science bowl team will leave Wednesday, May 3, at 6:02 a.m. from Meadows Field in Bakersfield for the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl in the Washington, D.C., area. The team will participate in the event May 5-8. Actual competition is held May 7-8 at the National 4H Center in Chevy Chase, Md. Winners will be announced about 9 a.m. Pacific Time, Monday, May 8.
Sixty teams from 40 states, the largest field in the program's history, will compete. The 300 participating students represent the "best and brightest" high school science scholars in the nation. This year's competition marks the 10th anniversary of the national event.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in special Saturday Science Seminars. They will be able to discuss physics with Paul Thomas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's "Mr. Magnet"; "Space Astronomy and Extreme Force of the Universe" with Paul Hertz of the Naval Research Laboratory, and Allan Bunner of NASA's Goddard Space Center; and "Batting and Thinking" with Robert Adair of Yale University.
Bakersfield High School won the right to represent the city at the National Science Bowl by winning for the third year in a row the Kern County Regional Science Bowl at California State University, Bakersfield in February. The Kern County Science Bowl includes schools from Delano to the north and the Mojave Desert to the east. This year nine regional competitions were held in California.
National Science Bowl is based on the old GE College Bowl television quiz show in which two teams of four students with alternates respond rapidly to questions presented by a moderator. Questions cover physics, chemistry, earth and space science, biology, mathematics technology and current events in science-math-technology.
The goals of the event are to promote interest in the study of math, science and technology and to promote these fields as realistic career paths among students of all backgrounds.
For more information, please call Thomas Meyer, professor of physics and computer science at CSUB, (661) 664-2104.
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