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WASHINGTON – The field of high school finalists in the Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl has narrowed once more, and now only two high school teams remain in the competition.
The teams remaining are:
- Mira Loma High School, Sacramento
- North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (HS), Durham
The first-place high school team in the academic competition will win a nine-day, all-expense paid science trip to Alaska. While on the trip, the students will take day trips that provide learning opportunities about glaciology, marine and avian biology, geology and plate tectonics. They will explore the Copper River Delta, known for its prolific runs of wild salmon; hike through the Chugach National Forest’s old-growth hemlock and spruce stands; white-water raft on the Sheridan River and travel across the scenic Prince William Sound and Orca Inlet, home to the world’s largest population of sea otters. The trip also includes visits to Childs Glacier and the Alaska Wildlife Center, a rehabilitation facility for injured and orphaned wildlife.
The second-place high school team in the academic competition will win a five-day, fully guided adventure tour of the Great Salt Lake Park, Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. They will hike along the Continental Divide, go white-water rafting down the Snake River and swim in the Great Salt Lake Park before seeing Yellowstone’s geysers, canyons and other geological formations as well as the West Yellowstone Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. They also will hike at Jenny Lake for spectacular observations of wildlife and tour the Upper Snake River Canyon.
The top three teams will receive trophies and individual medals, and the top 16 high school teams will receive $1,000 for their school’s science department.
The top two high school teams will face off at the National Building Museum on Monday, April 29 beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT. The championship rounds of competition on Monday morning will be followed by an awards ceremony.
More than 9,000 high school students on 1,894 teams also participated in 69 high school regional competitions which were held in 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. This year, more than 5,000 middle school students on 1,023 teams participated in 46 regional competitions in 33 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. More than 225,000 students have participated in the competition since its creation in 1991 and some later became scientists and teachers, engineers and leaders.