Morgantown High School (Team 1) and Suncrest Middle School (Team 1), both of Morgantown, claimed victory at the 28th annual West Virginia Regional Science Bowl (WVSB), organized and co-sponsored by NETL.
The event was held Feb. 8-9, 2019, at the West Virginia University (WVU) Mountainlair in Morgantown, West Virginia. Twenty-four teams from high schools and 24 teams from middle schools throughout the Mountain State participated in the competition, which was also co-sponsored by WVU.
The WVSB tested students’ knowledge of math and science with round-robin and double-elimination competition rounds. Middle school teams competed Feb. 8, followed by high school students on Feb. 9. This year’s competition included welcoming remarks from Congressman David McKinley, as well as representatives from NETL and WVU. Participants also explored hands-on engineering activities and an academic information fair.
Coming in at second, third and fourth place were Williamstown High School of Williamstown, George Washington High School (Team 1) of Charleston and Morgantown High School (Team 2), respectively. In the middle school division, second, third and fourth place were awarded to Triadelphia Middle School of Wheeling, St. Francis De Sales Central Catholic School of Morgantown and John Adams Middle School (Team 1) of Charleston, respectively.
NETL coordinates regional Science Bowl events in West Virginia and western Pennsylvania as part of its STEM Education and 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 WVSB competition earned expenses-paid trips to Washington, D.C., where they will represent West Virginia in DOE’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 Western Pennsylvania Regional Science Bowl will be held Feb. 23 and March 2, 2019, at the Community College of Allegheny County South Campus in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. Click here to learn more.