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Los Alamos High School is one of 44 middle and 69 high school teams in Washington, D.C., to compete in the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl, which takes place Friday to Monday.
“Congratulations to the finalists of our 22nd annual Science Bowl, who represent some of America’s most promising future leaders in science, technology, engineering and math. We look forward to seeing them showcase their knowledge during the final competitions here in Washington, D.C.,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
“Through the National Science Bowl, we’re fulfilling President Obama’s mission to challenge the next generation to forge new advances in science and math and ensure that America stays competitive in a rapidly advancing world.”
During the national competition, the teams will participate in fast-paced, Jeopardy-style academic matches answering science and math questions.
Double elimination matches will follow round robin tournaments. The middle school teams will also race battery-powered electric cars they have designed and built, while the high school teams will solve hands-on science problems.
The students will also attend the USA Science and Engineering Festival to hear from a range of national speakers and see various exhibits on discovery and innovation.
The final competitions of the top two middle school teams and top four high school teams will be webcast live on Monday morning, April 30 at science.energy.gov/nsb/.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu will be a science judge at Monday’s championship matches and host a question and answer session with the students before his remarks at the awards ceremony.
The championship high school team will win a trip to Alaska to study marine and avian biology, glaciers and geology. The top eight middle school teams in the double elimination rounds will each receive $1,000 for their school’s science department and a National Science Bowl plaque.
The Energy Department created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields.
It is now the nation’s largest science competition, with more than 200,000 students participating throughout its 22 year history.
Each team is composed of four students, one alternate student, and a coach
Los Alamos advanced to the national competition by winning the regional competition in Albuquerque in March.
The LAHS team captain is senior Scott Carlsten. Team members are seniors Lorenzo Venneri and Micha Ben-Naim, junior Kevin Gao and freshman Alexandr Wang. Team coach is Paolo Venneri and the Science Bowl Club advisor is LAHS science teacher Kathy Boerigter.
Carlsten, Venneri and Ben-Naim, have been on the winning team each year since 2010.
Additional Los Alamos high school students who participated in the Regional competition were: seniors Megan Kelley, and Rohan Iyer; junior Aaron Bao; and freshmen Daniel Ben-Naim; Alex Swart; Colin Reman; Willie Zhao; and Sam Sherrill.