LOVELAND, Colo.—With the nation's focus on energy independence and sustainability, it is important to promote the benefits of science and math among middle school youth. Western Area Power Administration is doing just that by hosting the Colorado Regional Middle School Science Bowl, a math and science competition for middle school students, Feb. 3 at Mountain View High School in Loveland, Colorado, beginning at 8:15 a.m.
Students representing 12 schools from across Colorado will test their knowledge of science and vie for first place and a free trip to the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., held April 26-30. The regional and national events encourage student involvement in math and science, improve awareness of career options in science and technology, and provide an avenue of enrichment and reward for academic science achievement.
Ridgeview Classical Charter School, winner of the 2017 Colorado Regional Middle School Science Bowl, will be defending its title against the other participating schools:
- Excel Academy Charter School
- Gilpin County Middle School
- Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School
- Lesher Middle School
- Liberty Common Charter School
- Preston Middle School
- Poudre School District Global Academy
- Severance Middle School
- Webber Middle School
- Windsor Middle School
- Woodrow Wilson Charter Academy
The 5th Annual Colorado Regional Middle School Science Bowl is sponsored by WAPA and is the 27th year WAPA has sponsored a regional science bowl competition. The public is invited to watch the competition and support the teams. Admission is free. The fast-paced quiz format of the competition will challenge the students' knowledge of biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, energy and math.
About the National Science Bowl: The Department of Energy created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in math and science as well as pursue careers in these fields. About 265,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its 27-year history, and is one of the nation's largest science competitions. The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States.
Media advisory: Competition begins at 8:15 a.m. in a round-robin format, followed by a double-elimination tournament at 12:30 p.m. with the championship round set for about 2:45 p.m. The awards ceremony will follow immediately. Interviews with competing teams and their coaches will be available throughout the day. Media representatives are asked to check in at the registration desk.
About WAPA: WAPA annually markets and transmits more than 25,000 gigawatt hours of clean, renewable power from 56 federal hydroelectric powerplants owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 15 western and central states. It is part of the Department of Energy. Follow us on Twitter @WesternAreaPowr or visit the website at www.wapa.gov.