The Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl competition was held Saturday at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News. Two Loudoun teams were among the 19 invited to the competition.
Participating teams faced off in a question-and-answer format, where contestants were quizzed on their knowledge of math and a range of science disciplines, including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics and energy.
The team from Farmwell Middle School in Ashburn placed first in the initial round-robin tournament and finished fifth overall following the double elimination portion. Over the course of the day, the team was challenged with more than 220 questions.
Students from Trailside Middle School also competed.
The National Science Bowl has been sponsored annually by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science since 1991. Since its inception, more than 290,000 middle and high school students have participated in tournaments around the country. The competition is designed to encourage students to excel in math and science and to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.