- 145 students, 29 teams from local middle and high schools competing in the “Super Bowl” of science competitions
- Winning teams, Shaker High School and Acadia Middle School - will represent Capital District next month in the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.
- Maple Avenue Middle School in Saratoga wins the Annual Model Car Competition
NISKAYUNA, NY, March 7, 2020 – More than 140 students from 29 schools across the Capital Region put their knowledge of science and mathematics to the test in the National Science Bowl Regional Qualifiers at GE’s Research Center in Niskayuna.
Following today’s competition, the winning middle and high school teams advancing to represent the Capital Region in the National Science Bowl finals next month in Washington DC are: Shaker High School in the North Colonie School District and Acadia Middle School in the Shenendehowa Central School District.
In addition to the Regional Qualifiers, middle school teams also participated in the annual model car challenge, which promotes teamwork and problem-solving skills. Teams raced vehicles that they themselves designed and constructed, powered only by the energy of a falling weight. This year’s winner was: Maple Avenue Middle School.
“This weekend, the spotlight is shining on science and the 145 middle and high school students from across the Capital Region competing in the National Science Bowl Regional Qualifiers,” said Vic Abate, GE’s Chief Technology Officer. “Congratulations to this year’s winners and to all the students who participated in this year’s event. The future of innovation is in good hands!”
The Regional Qualifiers is the culmination of many months of preparation and hard work by students, their teachers and parents. Students faced with a multitude of challenging questions, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. Math, chemistry, and physics, astronomy, earth sciences, computer science were among the subjects covered.
The winning groups from the high school and middle school levels respectively will travel to Washington DC for the finals from April 30th – May 4th.
Other activities on Saturday included a tour with GE scientists in the Forge Lab, where some of the company’s most far-reaching ideas and concepts are developed and tested. In addition, the event included other demonstrations of robots, makerspace activities such as 3D printing, science displays and demos.
Science Bowl is co-sponsored by GE Research, and Naval Nuclear Laboratory, with more than 100 volunteers helping to moderate, keep time and score, judge, and organize this annual competition.
Here is a list of this year’s participating schools:
The Albany Academies
Burnt Hills Ballston Lake
About National Science Bowl
Launched in 1991 by the US Department of Energy (DoE), the National Science Bowl® (NSB) is a highly competitive science education and academic event among teams of high school and middle school students who compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. Each team is composed of four students, one alternate student, and a coach. Regional and national events encourage student involvement in math and science activities of importance to the Department of Energy and the Nation.
Regional science bowl championship teams receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete at the national event. High school and middle school teams travel to Washington, D.C. in April. The national events are several days of science activities, sightseeing, and competitions. Teams enjoy the entire science bowl experience and take home many prizes. There are cutting-edge science seminars and hands-on science activities.
More than 290,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl® throughout its 28-year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. This year, more than 9,000 high school students and 4,500 middle school students will compete in 65 high school and 50 middle school regional Science Bowl tournaments.
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