The battle of wits has begun. Thousands of middle and high school students will compete in 120 regional competitions across the country, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
A team from Sunshine Bible Academy is one of 10 regional South Dakota high school teams that will participate in regional competition of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science’s National Science Bowl.
The winners of the regional competitions will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Office of Science’s National Science Bowl in late April, and the winner of the national competition will win prizes for the team members and their schools. These prizes will be named at a later date.
Area schools competing at the regional competition February 16 at the Crossroads Hotel & Convention Center in Huron include SBA, O’Gorman Sioux Falls, Watertown High School, Greater Sioux Falls Home School Association, Huron High School, Aberdeen Central, Brandon Valley High School (two teams), Parker High School, and Northwestern Area School Mellette.
In the regional competitions, teams of four students each will be faced with tough mathematical problems and tested on their knowledge of a vast number of areas including astronomy, biology, Earth science and physics.
Todd Seaman is the coach for SBA’s team. Team members are Justin Ryu, Erin Rogers, Heather Deal and Staci Seaman.
Coach Seaman says all subjects dealing with science knowledge are covered. The Quiz Bowl matches up teams against teams from other schools, and advancement depends on scores. On the first round, the team member to give the quickest, correct response is scored. The entire team can work together on bonus questions.
All teams will participate in a round robin format in the morning and the eight teams with the best records will move into a double elimination tourney in the afternoon.
Seaman says this the second year SBA students have participated in the competition.
The Office of Science began this competition to interest today’s youth in pursuing careers in science and math. Since its inception, more than 225,000 students have participated in what has become one of the nation’s largest science competitions. This year, about 9,500 more high school students and 4,500 middle school students are expected to engage, many of whom will likely go on to become scientists and teachers, engineers and leaders.
The public is welcome to watch the competition at the Huron Event Center. Opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m., and matches begin at 9:20 a.m.
The Huron offices of the Western Area Power Administration will host the day-long event.