For four students at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., the end of the school year brought both hope and heartbreak. After preparing all year and winning their prestigious regional competition, they fell short at the 2014 National Science Bowl. Along the way, they learned some valuable lessons and are already looking to the future -- which means college for some and the opportunity to compete again for others.
Each year, students from across the country meet in our nation’s capital for the Energy Department’s National Science Bowl, an intense academic competition that tests the students' knowledge in science, engineering, chemistry, math and Earth science. More than just an academic exercise, preparing for the competition helps students develop skills that they will use in college, their careers and beyond.
While winning a regional competition is tough, winning at the national event is even harder, and the students that make it to the finals earn a spot through hard work, perseverance and the support of coaches, family and friends.
Watch the video above and follow the Woodrow Wilson High School team as they prepare for and compete in the National Science Bowl. Learn what it takes to compete and win, and join these future STEM leaders as they meet friends and make memories that will last a lifetime.