Calloway Middle Wins Regional Science Bowl
By Joe Walker, LATA Kentucky
PADUCAH, KY - Calloway County Middle School won the U.S. Department of Energy’s fourth Regional Science Bowl during competition among 13 middle school teams from Kentucky and Illinois.
“We practiced hard,” said Calloway team captain Chauncy Roberts, “and we played hard.”
Henderson North Middle School finished second, and Louisville-based Highlands Latin School finished third in competition at Crounse Hall in Paducah, on the University of Kentucky Extension Campus at 4810 Alben Barkley Drive. Calloway also won the event last year.
Other middle schools competing were Reidland, St. Mary, Heath, Ballard County, Paducah (two teams), Lone Oak, and West Kentucky Home Schools United, as well Cobden and Massac Junior High School in Illinois.
Calloway advances to the 2013 National Science Bowl, America’s largest and most prestigious science competition for middle and high school students.
The team receives an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete April 25-29 against 47 middle school teams in the National Science Bowl. Roberts said his team looks forward to going up against other middle schools not only academically, but in building kit lithium-ion battery operated race cars.
The Science Bowl is the only educational event and academic competition that is sponsored by DOE. More than 21,600 students from 42 states plus Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; and the U.S. Virgin Islands have competed in regional competitions.
Regional competition was sponsored by the DOE-Portsmouth Paducah Project Office, UK, the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Partnership, Ballard County Economic Development, and Lubrizol.