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WASHINGTON, D.C. - US Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that students from sixty-eight high school teams and thirty-seven middle school teams will compete next weekend for championship titles in the U.S. Department of Energy's 20th annual National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. The participating teams - ranging from forty-two states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands - will be quizzed on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics and astronomy, as well as math; and vie for trophies and prizes, including $1,000 for their school science programs as well as an all-expense-paid research trip for the high school champion to study the ecosystems of Belize in Central America.

"America and the world need the best scientists and engineers to help solve many of the important problems of our time," said Secretary Chu. "The National Science Bowl is one important way to encourage our talented young people to direct their talents towards careers in science, mathematics, and our nation's next technology revolution."

Middle school question and answer competition activities begin on Saturday, May 1 at 9:30 a.m. at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD. High school team competition will begin on Saturday, May 1at 3:30 p.m with solving hands-on science problems. The high school question and answer competition begins Sunday, May 2 at 10 a.m. Also, on Sunday, May 2 middle school teams will race model solar cars they have designed and built in a science bowl competition at the Bethesda Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, MD. Championship rounds will begin Monday, May 4 at 9:30 a.m. in the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. and will be followed by an awards ceremony.

Created in 1991, the National Science Bowl encourages students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. The Department supports mathematics and science education to help provide a technically trained and diverse workforce for the nation. The National Science Bowl is the nation's largest academic competition of its kind.

Before the competition begins, the media may make arrangements to interview the teams in Washington, D.C. or to receive photographs of the teams during the competition by calling the DOE press office at (202) 586-4940. During the competition, media may call the DOE Science Bowl press office at (301) 961-2854.

For the full listing of middle school and high school teams and for additional information about the National Science Bowl visit

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