Volunteers sought for Science Bowl

January 30, 2009
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

California State University, Bakersfield is seeking volunteers for the 12th annual Kern County Regional Science Bowl. The competition is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 14, at CSUB from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year marks the 13th 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 question-answer quiz format that covers physics, math, 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 in Washington, D.C., April 30 - May 4.

Thomas Meyer, professor of physics/computer science and coordinator of the event, is looking for volunteers to help run the event and 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. Volunteers will receive a T-shirt, morning snack and lunch, courtesy of event sponsors.

"The previous events were a great success because we had incredible support from campus and community volunteers," Meyer said. "In return for their efforts, volunteers will get to watch Kern County's top science students compete."

Meyer added that all volunteers are welcome, regardless of educational background. For more information or to become a volunteer contact Penny Lampkins, (661) 654-3082 or plampkins@csub.edu. You may also log onto http://www.cs.csubak.edu/ScienceBowl/Volunteer.html to download the volunteer form.