PIKETON — More than 200 southern Ohio high school students and educators are scheduled to take part in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 4th Annual South Central Ohio Regional Science Bowl on Friday, March 11, at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth.
A record number of teams (38) from 22 southern Ohio high schools will compete in the competition. Regional science bowls are conducted throughout the United States with regional winners advancing to the National Science Bowl® in Washington, D.C., in April. This year marks the 26th year of the national competition.
“We have had increased involvement each year the event has been conducted,” said Dr. Vincent Adams, Site Director at DOE’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. “This event showcases talented young people from southern Ohio and helps DOE pursue a national initiative to encourage participation in science, technology, engineering, and math subjects to maintain a pipeline of scientists and engineers so critical to our nation’s future competitiveness.
“We want to thank Shawnee State University, the students and educators, and our partners for the growth of this successful competition.”
Besides Shawnee State University, DOE partners with the Portsmouth Site Specific
Advisory Board, site contractors (Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth, Restoration Services, Inc., Wastren-EnergX Mission Support, BWXT Conversion Services, InSolves, EHI Consultants), Centrus Energy Corp., the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative, and The Ohio Academy of Science to execute the event.
Participating schools include Chillicothe, Eastern Pike, Green, Huntington Ross, Jackson,
Minford, Northwest, Lucasville Valley, Notre Dame, Paint Valley, Pike Christian Academy, Piketon, Portsmouth, Portsmouth West, Sciotoville East, South Webster, Unioto, Verne Riffe Career Technical Center, Waverly, Western Pike, Wheelersburg, and Zane Trace.
The National Science Bowl® is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Teams are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as advisor and coach. The teams are quizzed in a fast-paced competition involving biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, physics, energy, and mathematics.
The Department of Energy created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. More than a quarter-million students have participated and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions.
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/.
Twitter users can follow the South Central Ohio Regional Science Bowl @ohiosciencebowl.