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Schools Claim Victory at NETL’s Western Pennsylvania Regional Science Bowl Competition

North Allegheny Senior High School Team 1 (Wexford), and Marshall Middle School (Wexford) claimed victory at the 28th annual Western Pennsylvania Regional Science Bowl (WPASB), organized and co-sponsored by NETL.

The high school and middle school events were held Feb. 23 and March 2, 2019, respectively, at the Community College of Allegheny County’s (CCAC) South Campus, in West Mifflin, Pa. About 40 teams from high schools and 32 teams from middle schools in 19 regional counties throughout western Pennsylvania participated in the competition.

The WPASB tested students’ knowledge of math and science with round-robin and double-elimination competition rounds. This year’s WPASB competition included welcoming remarks from NETL Director Brian Anderson for the high school competition and NETL Deputy Director Randy Gentry for the middle school competition, as well as representatives from CCAC.

Coming in at second, third and fourth place were Shady Side Academy Senior School (Fox Chapel), South Fayette High School (McDonald), and Pittsburgh Allderdice High School respectively. In the middle school division, second, third and fourth place went to Carson Middle School (McCandless Township), Ingomar Middle School (Franklin Park), and Dorseyville Middle School (Fox Chapel), respectively.

NETL coordinates regional Science Bowl events in West Virginia and western Pennsylvania as part of its STEM Education Outreach program, which aims to inspire and train the next generation of scientists, researchers and engineers scientists who will one day work to boost the nation’s energy independence through technological solutions. The fast-paced, quiz-style events help middle and high school students expand their science and math knowledge, build teamwork skills, learn how to excel under pressure and more.

The middle and high school winners of the 2019 WPASB competition earned expenses-paid trips to Washington, D.C., where they will represent western Pennsylvania in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl®, slated for April 25-29. The national event encompasses several days of science activities, sightseeing and competitions. The teams that advance to the double-elimination rounds earn a monetary prize for their school. Top teams also receive trophies and other awards, including science-themed trips for the high school teams.

NETL’s West Virginia Regional Science Bowl events were held Feb. 8-9, at the West Virginia University Mountainlair in Morgantown, West Virginia. Click here to see the winners.