Middle school students from throughout Northern Virginia, including some from Rocky Run Middle School in Chantilly, will be traveling next week to compete in the regional competition of the National Science Bowl.
The US Department of Energy’s Office of Science organizes the competition. The Office of Science started the competition more than 20 years ago to get more students interested in careers in math and science.
The regional competition will take place on March 2 at the Jefferson Lab of the CEBAF Center in Newport News, Va. It's one of more than 120 regional competitions taking place throughout the country.
The winner of the regional competition will receive a trip to Washington, DC in April to compete in the Office of Science’s National Science Bowll. The winner of the national competition will receive prizes for the team members and their school.
“For over twenty years, DOE’s National Science Bowl has sharpened the math and science skills of America’s young people and provided a fun, exciting path for students to excel at learning,” Patricia M. Dehmer, Deputy Director for Science Programs in DOE’s Office of Science, said in a statement.
“More than ever today our nation needs a skilled science and technology workforce to remain prosperous and competitive in the world,” Dehmer said. “The National Science Bowl is nurturing and inspiring the scientists and engineers of America’s future.”
Other schools competing include:
• Robert Frost Middle School – Fairfax
• Canterbury Woods Elementary School – Annandale
• Benton Middle School – Manassas
• Kilmer Middle School – Vienna
• Longfellow Middle School – Falls Church
• Grafton Middle School – Yorktown
• Wallace Middle School – Bristol
• Salem Middle School – Virginia Beach
• Page Middle School – Gloucester
• Trinity Lutheran School – Newport News