FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 1, 2006
Local: Anika Mitchell Perkins
National: Andy Hallmark
Twenty teams to compete at regional science bowl at MUW
Winning team will head to nationals in Washington, D.C.
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Elite math and science students from more
than 20 schools in Mississippi will descend upon the campus
of Mississippi University for Women this Friday for the
area’s National Science Bowl® competition.
Many of these teams have spent months preparing for the U.S.
Department of Energy’s science contest that features
head-to-head competition in a question and answer format
similar to Jeopardy.
The students will be quizzed on all science disciplines
including biology, chemistry, earth science and astronomy,
as well as math. Below is a sample question from a previous
For a circuit with a current of 3 amperes, operating for 5
minutes, how much charge, in coulombs, has gone by any point
in the circuit?
ANSWER: 900 C (Solution: DQ = I DT … Since coulombs is in
seconds, convert 5 minutes into 300 seconds and multiply by
3 C/s = 900 C)
The regional competition was dominated for more than a
decade by the Mississippi School for Mathematics and
Science. However, East Rankin Academy from suburban Jackson
knocked off the champs last year. Both teams will be back
this year with a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete at the
national competition on the line.
The event begins at 12:30 p.m. in Parkinson Hall. The
winning team will receive an all-expense-paid trip to
Washington, D.C., to compete against 65 other regional
winners at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science
Bowl®. The national event runs from April 27 – May 1.
This year more than 13,000 high school sophomores, juniors
and seniors from 1,800 schools in 31 states will compete in
the National Science Bowl®. Since 1991, more than 100,000
students and teachers have participated in this event.
To find out more about the National Science Bowl®, please
visit the following address: