Science bowl teams to compete at event

MORGANTOWN – Three area teams will compete against some of the state’s best science and math students in the 23rd annual West Virginia Science Bowl Regional competition.

The three schools will be among 24 teams traveling to West Virginia University in Morgantown to compete head-to-head for the title of state champion. The event kicks off at 8 a.m. Feb. 1 at the WVU Mountainlair.

The Parkersburg High School Science Bowl team coached by Lisa Berry, the Tyler Consolidated Science Bowl team coached by Joe Griffith, and the Williamstown High School Science Bowl team coached by Deb Martin will compete in a fast-paced, quiz-style team competition focusing on science, math, engineering and technology subjects. Competitors will also face off in a robotics competition, explore a college fair, interact with STEM professionals from the community and attend presentations from regional and national leaders.

Each year, more than 350 students and teachers representing more than 70 teams from 40 schools around the state compete in qualifying tournaments to reach the West Virginia Science Bowl Regional. In addition to other prizes, the winning Regional team will receive a 5-day (April 24-April 28) expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to represent West Virginia in the National Science Bowl competition held at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Md.

The West Virginia Science Bowl Regional is organized and hosted by volunteers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory and WVU.

The laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy facility that produces technological solutions to America’s energy challenges. For more than 100 years, the laboratory has focused on developing tools and processes to provide clean, reliable, and affordable energy to the American people. Three NETL research sites -Albany, Ore., Morgantown and Pittsburgh – conduct a broad range of energy and environmental research and development activities that support DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.