INL News Release
March 17, 2016

Lori McNamara, 208-520-6066,
Laura Scheele, 219-381-8672,

High school, middle school teams to compete in Eastern Idaho Science Bowl

IDAHO FALLS – Local high school and middle school students are testing their math and science knowledge this week at the Eastern Idaho Science Bowl sponsored by Idaho National Laboratory. This is the 26th year INL has sponsored a quiz-bowl tournament in which teams of students buzz in to answer questions, and the second year that middle school students will be included.

Teams will compete in the Jeopardy-style tournament held Monday, March 21, for middle school students and Tuesday, March 22, for high school students. The tournament will take place at the Center for Higher Education (CHE) building at University Place in Idaho Falls located at 1784 Science Center Drive

On Monday, 14 middle school teams will compete in a round-robin tournament beginning at 9:30 a.m. and concluding with the awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m.

In the high school competition, teams in three divisions based on school enrollment will compete in a round-robin tournament. The schedule for Tuesday is as follows: The Class A (large school) will begin competing at 8:30 a.m., while the Class B and C (medium and small schools) will begin at 1 p.m. The top two teams from each division will advance to the six-team Champion of Champions competition at 4:30 p.m., concluding with the awards ceremony immediately following the final round.

The overall winners in the middle school and high school divisions will compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., April 28 to May 2.

DOE launched the competition in 1991 to encourage students to excel in science and math and to pursue careers in those fields.

Teams competing this year in the high school division are:

  • Bonneville High School, Hillcrest High School, Idaho Falls High School, Rigby High School, Skyline High School and Twin Falls High School in the large-school division.
  • American Falls High School, Filer High School, Marsh Valley High School, Preston High School and South Fremont High School in the medium-school division.
  • Butte County High School, Challis High School, Mackay High School, Ririe High School, Soda Springs High School, West Jefferson High School and West Side High School in the small-school division.

Teams competing in the middle school division are:

  • Alameda Middle School (two teams), Franklin Middle School, Holy Spirit Middle School, Idaho Science and Technology Charter School (two teams), Mackay Middle School, Malad Middle School (two teams), Preston Junior High (two teams), Soda Springs Junior High and White Pine Charter School.

INL is one of the DOE’s national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of the strategic goal areas of DOE: energy, national security, science and environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance.

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