CSUB to Host Kern County Regional Science Bowl This Saturday

For the last twenty-three years, California State University, Bakersfield has hosted the Kern County Regional High School Science Bowl competition. This year, it will be held this Saturday, Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Dorothy Donahoe Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

The National Science Bowl, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, is an academic competition where high school teams compete in a fast-paced “Jeopardy” style forum with topics focused on biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, energy, and math.

“Each year, 32 teams of four have competed for the opportunity to represent Kern County at the National competition,” said Dr. Roy LaFever, CSUB Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Kern County Regional Science Bowl Coordinator. “Over the years, each competition reveals a group of bright, young students who compete for the regional prize of a trip to Washington, D.C. for the National competition.”

The format for the county competition is a round robin tournament for all teams during the morning, leading to a double elimination bracket tournament of the top 12 teams in the afternoon. Each competition, which consists of nearly 240 throughout the day, has a group of officials including a moderator, a scorekeeper, a timekeeper and a rules judge. University students, faculty and staff, as well as a number of community members generously participate each year.

The Kern County Regional Science Bowl is supported and sponsored by Lengthwise Brewery, CRC, Mellenium Pensions Services and a consortium of parents.

The Department of Energy (DOE) created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. More than 290,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its 28-year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions.

For more information about the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl, please visit https://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/.

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