May 24, 2011 > Science Bowl team competes at national level
Science Bowl team competes at national level
Submitted by Adi Jung
Photo courtesy of Department of Energy
Editor's Note: Adi Jung is a member of the MSJHS Science Bowl team and in this article he writes about the team's recent participation in the national competition, held April 30 - May 2.
Mission San Jose High School (MSJHS) had a wonderful time at the Science Bowl Nationals, and we were able to meet other students interested in science from all over the country; we will remember many of them for a long time. Our team not only had the opportunity to compete, but also toured parts of Washington DC, including the Smithsonian museums.
Following the tours, a secondary competition, the division team challenge, occurred. All teams were assigned a division, and each division represented a subject of science. Then, all the teams in each division competed against one another in a form of test related to their division's subject. Our team, MSJHS, was able to place 1st in the Biology division, earning $500 for our school's science department.
After the division team challenge, the actual competition began, with all the teams in the division competing to be ranked in their division. Only the top two teams from each division would go to the next round. Our team ranked second in our division, only behind Mira Loma High School, which would go on to win the entire competition. MSJHS was then able to proceed to the double elimination rounds, which earned us another $1,000 for our science department, in addition to the $500 from the previous team challenge.
We ended up tying for ninth place with three other teams, after winning one of the double elimination matches and then losing the subsequent two. All three of our double elimination matches were extremely close, and came down to the final question in each round. The Science Bowl competition was a wonderful educational experience for all of the student teams.