Calling All New England High Schoolers!
By Edwin L. Aguirre
Spring is almost here, and that means it’s time for the Massachusetts Regional Science Bowl once again. UMass Lowell will host this high-spirited academic competition on the North Campus on Saturday, March 3 (snow date is March 4).
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science and UMass Lowell’s Francis College of Engineering, the contest is open to high-school students from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Teams from other New England states are eligible to apply if they are unable to enter a regional tournament in their own area.
“Jeopardy”-style elimination rounds will be held in classrooms at Kitson Hall throughout the day, with the final round taking place at 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. The winning team from each regional tournament is eligible to participate in the National Science Bowl Finals, to be held from April 26 to 30 in Washington, D.C.
To date, 27 high-school teams from Lowell, Chelmsford, North Andover, North Reading, Lexington, Bedford, Chelsea, Deerfield, Westford, Sudbury, Braintree, Newton, Brookline, Duxbury and Boston have signed up for the regional event.
“Science Bowl will provide students a chance to test their knowledge in all major areas of science and mathematics as well as receive information about various career opportunities in engineering and the sciences,” says Engineering Dean John Ting.
Volunteers and members of the faculty and staff will be on hand to discuss the University’s academic programs and offer tours of various department facilities and research centers.