Regional Science Bowl coming Saturday to Downey High

02/17/2014 7:27 PM

02/17/2014 7:27 PM

Science-savvy teams from 13 high schools will compete in the Central Valley Regional Science Bowl competition Saturday at Modesto’s Downey High.

The Science Bowl this year will pit 24 teams of five students each, going head-to-head in a fast-paced, game-show format, complete with lockout buzzers, timers and scorekeepers. All teams will participate in a five-round, team-vs.-team, round-robin competition in the morning rounds. The top eight scoring teams will advance to the double-elimination rounds after lunch. The championship match is expected to begin about 3 p.m.

The competition is fast-paced and tests students’ knowledge on an array of science-related topics, including physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics and technology. Begun in 1991, the National Science Bowl was designed to encourage high school students to excel in math and science, pursue careers in these fields, and celebrate their academic excellence.

This is the 17th year Modesto has held a regional event. The U.S. Department of Energy is the primary sponsor of the Central Valley Regional Science Bowl tournament. Local sponsors include the Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts, MOCSE Credit Union, Stanislaus Retired Teachers Association, Modesto City Schools, Pepsi and Frito-Lay.

The winning team will be sent to the National Science Bowl finals in Washington, D.C., on April 24-29. The Central Valley Regional competition is one of about 70 regional events held nationwide.

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