Science Bowl Volunteers Needed

January 23, 2008
CONTACT:
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu
 

The California State University, Bakersfield School of Natural Science and Mathematics is seeking volunteers for the 11th annual Kern County Regional Science Bowl. The Science Bowl will be held at CSUB on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This marks the ninth consecutive year the Science Bowl has been hosted by CSUB.

The event features 32 five-member teams from 15 Kern County high schools competing in a fast-paced, question-answer quiz format that covers physics, biology, chemistry, math, earth science, computer science and astronomy.

Matches consist of two eight-minute halves. Each match will have four officials in the room: a moderator, who will read the questions, rules judge, timekeeper and scorekeeper.

The top two teams advance to the finals and compete in a double-elimination round, with the winner advancing to the National Science Bowl sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, which is held in Washington, D.C., May 1-6.

Thomas Meyer, physics and computer science professor and Science Bowl coordinator, is looking for volunteers to help run the event and for local businesses that are interested in donating prizes for the students. All officials must attend a training session before the competition where they will be trained for the various positions and given the competition rules. All the volunteers will be provided a T-shirt, morning snack, and lunch, courtesy of event sponsors.

"The previous events were a great success because of the many campus and community volunteers and supporters," Meyer said. "In return for their efforts, volunteers will get to watch Kern County's top science students compete."

Meyer added that everyone, regardless of educational background, is welcome to help. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Penny Lampkins, CSUB Computer Science department, at (661) 654-3082, plampkins@csub.edu or log onto http://www.cs.csubak.edu/ScienceBowl/.