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WASHINGTON, DC -   First Lady Michelle Obama will join Energy Secretary Steven Chu for the Department's 20th Annual National Science Bowl where she will ask the championship round bonus point questions. The First Lady and Secretary Chu will also address the more than 500 high school and middle school students and the 100 teachers and coaches attending the competition. Last November, Mrs. Obama visited the Department and joined Secretary Chu for a practice session for young people competing in the Science Bowl.

In the days prior to the championship, 105 regional high school and middle school championship teams from 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will participate in round robin and double elimination rounds in which they will be quizzed on math and all science disciplines, including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics and astronomy. 

The First Lady will join the competition in progress at 11:15 AM on Monday.  The winning high school and middle school teams will be honored in an award ceremony immediately following the competition.  The Science Bowl's final matches will be held at the National Building Museum at 401 F Street NW and will be open press. To RSVP, contact Tiffany Edwards in the Department of Energy's press office at, (202) 586-4940 by Sunday, May 2nd at 12:00 PM.

More information about the National Science Bowl is available from the National Science Bowl Press Room.

Media contact(s):

(202) 586-4940