Bangor High School’s Science Bowl team won their regional competition for the 2018 National Science Bowl® (NSB) this past weekend and will advance to compete in the NSB National Finals this spring in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), who sponsors the NSB, announced Monday, March 5, 2018.
“The National Science Bowl® continues to be one of the premier academic competitions across the country and prepares America’s students for future successes in some of the world’s fastest growing fields in science, technology, and engineering,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “I am proud to oversee a Department that provides such a unique and empowering opportunity for our nation’s students, and I am honored to congratulate Bangor High School in advancing to the National Finals, where they will continue to showcase their talents as the top minds in math and science.”
The NSB brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete in a fast-paced question-and-answer format where they solve technical problems and answer questions on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, physics and math.
Bangor High School’s team, coached by Bangor High School Science Department Chairperson Cary James, includes team captain David Rubin ‘18, Sarah Marcotte ‘18, Wyatt Pyzynski ‘18, Nick Jacobs, ‘19, and Noah B. Robinson ‘19. “This is Bangor High School’s third Science Bowl championship in the past four years,” said Mr. James. “The students won in dramatic fashion at the most exciting Science Bowl final I have witnessed in 25 years. I am proud of all of our team members.”
A series of 113 regional middle school and high school tournaments are being held across the country from January through March. Winners will advance to represent their areas at the National Science Bowl® held from April 26 to April 30 in Washington, D.C., for the final middle school and high school competitions.
The top 16 high school teams and the top 16 middle school teams in the National Finals will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments. Prizes for the top two high school teams for the 2018 NSB will be announced at a later date.
The first and second place high school teams from the 2017 NSB received all-expenses paid science trips to Alaska, where they learned more about glaciology, marine and avian biology, geology, and plate tectonics.
More than 275,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl® in its 27- year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. More than 14,000 students compete in the NSB each year. DOE’s Office of Science manages the NSB Finals competition. More information is available on the NSB website: http://www.science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/.