OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – – The sixth annual U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) East Tennessee Middle School Science Bowl held Saturday, Feb. 6, at Roane State Community College’s campus in Oak Ridge highlighted the academic and problem-solving abilities of students representing 13 Tennessee middle schools.
The Middle School Science Bowl is a competition that tests participants’ knowledge in mathematics and the sciences. This year 16 teams, composed of some of the state’s brightest middle school students, were quizzed in a fast-paced question-and-answer format similar to the Jeopardy! television game show. Each team included four student competitors, an alternate, and a coach who also served as the team’s advisor.
After an intense competition, three winning teams emerged and received monetary awards:
• First Place ($750) – Farragut Middle School – Team 1. The team will travel to Washington, D.C., April 28 – May 2, 2016, to compete in the DOE National Science Bowl.
• Second Place ($500) – Jefferson Middle School (Oak Ridge)
• Third Place ($250) – Norris Middle School (Norris)
Other teams in this year’s competition came from Alcoa Middle School, the Blount Home Education Association, Jefferson Middle School, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis Academy of Science & Engineering, Webb School of Knoxville, Cedar Springs Homeschool, Norris Middle School, Concord Christian School, Farragut Middle School, Cedar Bluff Middle School, Trinity Christian Academy and Oliver Springs Middle School.
Sponsoring an event of this size requires a large number of volunteers dedicating many hours of their time and financial support. This year’s sponsors include DOE, the American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE), the AMSE Foundation, Roane State Community College and Z11 Communications.
For additional information about the DOE’s East Tennessee Middle School Science Bowl visit http://www.amse.org/.
Information about AMSE
The U.S. Department of Energy’s American Museum of Science and Energy is located at 300 S. Tulane Ave. in Oak Ridge and is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. AMSE tells the story of the World War II Manhattan Project that created the Secret City of Oak Ridge and the science that followed. AMSE features interactive exhibits on science, fossil fuels, and alternative energy sources, and visitors participate in live demonstrations. For more information on AMSE admission, membership, exhibits, programs and classes, go to www.amse.org. To schedule a group visit, call AMSE at 865-576-3200.
UT-Battelle, the managing contractor of ORNL, operates AMSE on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy.