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Teams sought for Science Bowl


OAK RIDGE — High school teams from across the Volunteer State are eligible to compete in the annual Tennessee Science Bowl at the Pellissippi State Community College campus in Blount County Feb. 24.

Thirty-two teams composed of science and math students from 23 schools competed in last year’s all-day Science Bowl, which is an academic competition featuring teams of students representing various Tennessee high schools.

Competition coordinator Marie Westfall said the bulk of competition will be conducted in a quiz-bowl format.

“We’re trying to encourage students to be more actively involved in science and math in a fun way, as well as a scholarly way,” Westfall said. “This also gives them an opportunity to meet other students from across the state that are as interested in science and math as they are, and have a great time.”

More than 200 volunteers are needed to help at the competition in a variety of ways.

“We use volunteers as moderators, scientific judges, rules judges, time keepers, score keepers, registration and crowd control,” Westfall said. “Some of these require specific scientific backgrounds, such as scientific judges and moderators. The others don’t, so anyone who is available can volunteer.”

The team registration deadline is Thursday, Feb. 1. Teams may register online at www.orau.gov/sciencebowl. Volunteers should register by Friday, Feb. 16, using the form available at www.orau-.gov/sciencebowl/volunteers/index.htm.

Organizations or individuals interested in helping with sponsorships, as well as additional information about the Science Bowl, may contact Westfall at 865-576-3425 or Marie.West-fall@orau.org.

 

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