Science Bowl Team A to represent FMS in nationals

Farragut Middle School’s Science Bowl Team A is practicing to win as it prepares to compete in National Science Bowl.

Owen Cianciolo, captain, Alex Tan, Aidan Cantu, Rena Liu and Alice Tang have advanced to the National Science Bowl, sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

The event will take place from April 27 through May 1 in Washington, D.C. Earning an all-expense-paid trip, the students will stay in the National 4-H Center and also compete in the center, then move on to compete at George Washington University in the finals.

“I think they will do great,” said Kathy Browning, FMS mathematics teacher and the team’s coach. “They’re a smart group of kids. I have great expectations for them.”

Browning said this is the third time an FMS team has advanced to the nationals.

National Science Bowl brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete in a fast-paced question-and-answer format in which they solve technical problems and answer questions on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, physics and math.

“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 Dr. J. Stephen Binkley, acting director of DOE’s Office of Science. “... I am honored to congratulate all the competitors who are advancing to the national finals, where they will continue to showcase their talents as top students in math and science.”

A series of 116 regional middle and high school tournaments take place between January and March. Winners from those competitions advance to the national level. FMS Team A placed first in regional competition Jan. 26 in Kingston, Browning said.

The teams, also including FMS Team B that did not qualify for the trip, have been practicing once a week as a group since September, Browning said. “A lot of the students have been practicing on their own and with their parents helping.”

The top 16 middle school and 16 high school teams in the National Finals will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments.