FEB. 12, 2002
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456; mstepanovich@csub.edu

Science bowl hosts thirty-two teams

Thirty-two teams from throughout Kern County will be vying for top honors Saturday (Feb. 16) at California State University, Bakersfield at the 10th annual Kern County Regional Science Bowl.

This marks the fifth consecutive year that the Science Bowl has been on the CSUB campus. The tourney is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thomas Meyer, interim dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering and Science Bowl coordinator, said the 32 five-member teams from 16 Kern County high schools will compete in a fast-paced, question-answer format that covers such subjects as physics, biology, chemistry, math, earth science, computer science and astronomy.

High schools that will have teams are Bakersfield, Delano, Desert, East, Foothill, Highland, Liberty, Mojave, North, Ridgeview, Rosamond, Stockdale, Taft, Tehachapi, Valley, 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 Donahoe 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, in Washington, D.C., where it will compete against the winners of 60 other regional science bowls.

Last year, a team from Stockdale High School won the Kern County Science Bowl, with another Stockdale team and Desert High School close behind.

For more information about the Science Bowl please call Meyer at (661) 664-3450, or e-mail him at tmeyer@csub.edu.

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