Scottsdale middle school team advances to national science competition

A team of Scottsdale middle school students triumphed at the 2015 Science Bowl® (NSB) regional competition and will advance to compete at the National Finals in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced last week that BASIS Scottsdale won its qualifying regional competition Feb. 21 and will be advancing to the 25th annual national competition held April 30 to May 4.

“The National Science Bowl® has grown into one of the most prestigious science academic competitions in the country and challenges students to excel in fields vital to America’s future,” U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz said.

“I congratulate these students for advancing to the National Finals, where they will be among some of the brightest science and math students from across the country.”

The NSB brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete in a fast-paced question-and-answer format where they solve technical problems and answer questions on a range of science disciplines; including biology, chemistry, earth and space science, physics, and math.

The top 16 high school teams and the top eight middle school teams in the national finals will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments. Prizes for the top two high school teams for the 2015 NSB will be announced at a later date.

Approximately 240,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl® since its establishment in 1991. It is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. More than 14,000 students compete in the NSB each year.

DOE’s Office of Science manages the NSB Finals competition. More information is available on the NSB website: http://www.science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/.

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