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29 Teams Take Part in Regional Science Bowl

High School Students to Compete in Science and Math

Students from Lexington High School compete at the 2009 National Science Bowl Finals in Washington, D.C.

By Edwin L. Aguirre

Twenty-nine high-school teams from across the state and New Hampshire will participate in the Massachusetts Regional Science Bowl Saturday, Feb. 27, on North Campus.

Sponsored by UMass Lowell’s Francis College of Engineering and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the academic competition will feature “Jeopardy”-style elimination rounds in classrooms in Kitson Hall throughout the day, with the championship round taking place in Ball Hall. The four players on each team will try to outscore their opponents in the areas of astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, general science, mathematics and physics.

“This is a good thing for high-school students,” says Prof. John McKelliget, chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department, who will serve as one of the Science Bowl moderators. “Hopefully, it will spark their interest in math and science. The event will also provide good exposure to the University, especially among prospective students. Science Bowl will help get our name out there.”

The winning team from each regional tournament is eligible to participate at the National Science Bowl Finals, to be held April 29 to May 4 in Washington, D.C.

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