JAN 17, 2002
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

Science bowl looking for volunteers

California State University, Bakersfield is preparing to host the 10th annual Kern County Regional Science Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 16, the fifth consecutive year it has been on the CSUB campus.

Thomas Meyer, interim dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering and Science Bowl coordinator, is recruiting volunteers to help with the Science Bowl. He is also looking for local businesses that will sponsor scholarships for the winning teams. "The previous events were a great success due in large part because of the many volunteers and supporters 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 don't have to be a science professor 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 Science Bowl should call Penny Lampkins, Computer Science Department secretary, at (661) 664-3082, or e-mail her at plampkins@csub.edu.

Volunteers from the staffs at CSUB, AERA Energy LLC, Occidental Petroleum of Elk Hills and the community help with the competition.

The Science Bowl will feature 32 five-member teams from 16 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.

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 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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