NETL Crowns Regional Science Bowl Champions
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Each year, NETL hosts regional science bowl competitions in West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania to determine each state’s champion teams. Science Bowl is just one of many NETL educational outreach activities, but it draws numerous enthusiastic volunteers from across the sites. For 2017, competitions were held in conjunction with West Virginia University and the Community College of Allegheny County. Four teams were crowned victorious: Suncrest Middle School and Morgantown High School from West Virginia, and Winchester Thurston School and North Allegheny Intermediate High School from Pennsylvania. The teams earned an all-expenses paid trip to represent their states at the National Science Bowl in Washington D.C.

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The Science Bowl is academically vigorous and conducted in a round-robin question and answer format. Students must be both quick witted and quick handed, buzzing in to answer questions before the opposing team. This tournament style offers participants a fast-paced and energetic experience, different from traditional academic competitions that revolve around completing and presenting projects. Science Bowl also encourages the students to learn how to strategize as a team, and encourages adults (from parents to teachers) to take a more active role in STEM education. In addition to the actual competition, NETL’s events feature special guests and engineering activities and have been an effective way to encourage student engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math.