February 8, 2000
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or mstepanovich@csub.edu

University Hosts Eighth Annual Science Bowl

California State University, Bakersfield hosts the eighth annual Kern County Regional Science Bowl on Feb. 19, the third consecutive year it has been on the CSUB campus.

The Science Bowl will feature 32 five-member teams from 13 Kern County high schools competing in a fast-paced, question-answer format that covers such subjects as physics, biology, chemistry, math, earth science, computer science and astronomy. Thomas Meyer, CSUB professor of physics and computer science, is coordinator of the event.

High schools that will have teams are Bakersfield, Bakersfield Christian, Delano, Desert, East, Foothill, Highland, Mojave, North, Stockdale, Taft, Tehachapi, and West.

Meyer said the teams will be divided into four groups of eight. Teams will compete throughout the morning in a round-robin tourney in Dorothy Donohoe Hall, with each team guaranteed seven matches.

Matches consist of two 10-minute halves. Only four of the five team members may compete at one time, but teams may substitute during match halftimes.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the finals in the afternoon, when they will compete in a double-elimination round. The final two rounds will take place in Studio C at CSUB and will be televised on Channel 15, the Educational Channel.

Each match will have four officials: a moderator, who will read the questions, a rules judge, a timekeeper, and a scorekeeper. A group of scientific judges will rule on any conflicts. Meyer said all scientific judges will be CSUB science professors.

The Science Bowl winner will advance to the National Science Bowl, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, May 5-8, in Washington, D.C., where it will compete against the winners of 50 other regional science bowls.

Last year, a team from Bakersfield High School won the Science Bowl, with Highland and Tehachapi following closely behind.

Volunteers from the staffs at CSUB, Aera Energy, Occidental Petroleum and State Farm Insurance Cos. will help with the competition.

Meyer also said volunteers are still needed to help with the Science Bowl. "The previous events were a great success due in large part because of the many volunteers from the campus and community," he said.

All officials must be familiar with the contest rules and must attend a training session before the competition, he said.

"In return for volunteering, I offer the excitement of watching Kern County's top students, and a free lunch," Meyer said. "Please realize that you need not be a science professor in order to help. Any person ­ student, staff member, faculty or member of the community ­ regardless of educational background, is welcome, as are family members and friends."

Those interested in helping out with this effort should call or e-mail Penny Lampkins, Computer Science Department secretary at 661/664-3082, plampkins@csub.edu.

For more information about the Science Bowl please call Meyer at 661/664-2104, or e-mail him at tmeyer@csub.edu.

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