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Registration open for DOE's National Science Bowl


Teams of high school and middle school students across the country can now register to compete in the 24th annual Department of Energy's National Science Bowl (NSB). Thousands of students compete in the contest annually and it has grown into one of the largest academic math and science competitions in the country.
The top two high school teams nationwide win educational adventure trips and the top middle and high school teams win money for their schools' science departments.
"Participating in the National Science Bowl both regionally and at the national championships encourages student involvement in math and science activities, which is of importance to the Department of Energy and the nation," said Patricia M. Dehmer, Acting Director of the DOE Office of Science, which manages the National Science Bowl and sponsors the NSB finals competition.
Teams of students can sign up to participate in the NSB by registering with the coordinator for their local competition, which they can find on the NSB website. Separate competitions are held for high school and middle school. Regional competitions for each area typically last one or two days and take place throughout the country between January and March.
During the regional and national competitions, students participate in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions from all branches of science and math. Each team is composed of four or five students and a teacher who serves as a coach.
The winning team from each qualifying regional competition will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the National Finals held in Washington, D.C., from April 24 to April 28, 2014. The national events include several days of science activities, sightseeing, and competitions. As part of the National Finals, middle school students design and race lithium ion battery-powered model cars. High school students compete in team science challenges in addition to participating in the academic competition.
Last year's winning high school team received a nine-day, all-expenses-paid science trip to Alaska, where they learned more about glaciology, marine and avian biology, geology, and plate tectonics.
The top 16 high school teams and the top eight middle school teams in the National Championship also win $1,000 for their schools' science departments.