Educational Technology Policy, Research, & Outreach


Maryland State Middle School
Academic Regional Science Bowl Competition
Saturday, March 10th, 2007

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Educational Technology Outreach, within the College of Education at the University of Maryland and The Patriot’s Technology Center will host the State Middle School Academic Regional Science Bowl Competition on Saturday March 10, 2007. Ten teams of sixth to eighth grade middle school students from Maryland will compete in the event. Teams consist of four students and may have one alternate team member.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sponsors the National Science Bowl® as a nationwide academic competition that tests students' knowledge in all areas of science. There are two phases of the Middle School Science Bowl - an academic math and science competition where students are quizzed in a fast paced question-and-answer format similar to Jeopardy, and a model fuel cell car competition. The model hydrogen fuel cell car competition challenges students to design, build, and race model cars. Any current public, private, or home school student (in grades 6 to 8, ages 10 to 14) may form a team and participate in the Regional Science Bowl. The scores for the two phase competition are combined to determine the winning team that will represent Maryland at the National Competition.

The winning team goes on to compete at the national competition held in Denver, Colorado in late June for the national title. The national event includes a day of academic competition and a day of hands-on science and engineering when the teams design, build, and race model cars. Awards at the national level are given for both the academic and "hands-on" competitions.

The March 10th event will begin at 9 AM with Congressman Wynn presenting the keynote address. Teams will participate in Round Robin and Tie Breaker rounds in the morning. Elimination and Final Rounds will take place after lunch. The Hydrogen Fuel Cell model car races will take place at 3:00 PM, and the event will conclude with the awards ceremony. The event is open to the public.

With studies showing the number of students interested in learning science and technology continuously decreases throughout middle school and into high school, this event is part of an effort to retain students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields through programs that educate and motivate.

“We are excited to be a part of the state effort to help promote the scientific and engineering workforce that the U.S. will need to remain at the forefront of scientific advances, technological innovation and economic competitiveness for the future. The Middle School Science Bowl serves to encourage young people to enhance their science and mathematics skills—and, we hope, to become our future leaders in these critical areas.”

The program includes a full day of round robin and double elimination competition. Beginning at 8 AM in the Benjamin Building, students will answer tough questions about life sciences, physical science, earth sciences and math that could stump most of the U.S. adult population.

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