The 2016 West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl is the road that ultimately leads to the DOE’s National Science Bowl®, held in Washington, DC, from April 28– May 2, 2016, to compete in the same fast-paced, question-and-answer format that was used in the regional competition.
Seventeen middle school teams and 18 high school teams competed in a double-elimination tournament to determine the regional champions to represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Calloway Middle School snatched the title from 2015 victor, Henderson North Middle School, on February 5, 2016. While at the national competition, the Calloway team also will compete in an Electric Car Competition, allowing students around the nation compete to design, build, and race battery-powered model cars.
High school champion, Gatton Academy, grabbed the $1,000 cash prize on February 19 and will return to the national scene for the third time in four years to the foremost academic and scientific event for high school students. “The Gatton Academy loves Science Bowl! We are so grateful to the Department of Energy,” said Derick B. Strode, Gatton Academy High School Coach. “All of the student’s success is owed to their passion and dedication.”
The Paducah DOE site office, University of Kentucky, and the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Partnership hosted the annual West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl. More than 100 volunteers worked to conduct the event, including DOE Paducah Site staff, DOE contractors and subcontractors, and members of the community. Other sponsors included Fluor Paducah Deactivation Project, Professional Project Services, Inc. (Pro2Serve), BWXT Conversion Services, LLC (BWCS), Swift and Staley, HealthWorks, Beltline Electric, Ballard County Economic and Industrial Development Board, Paducah Water, and Paducah Economic Development.
At the DOE National Science Bowl, students will be given the opportunity to attend presentations by well-known scientists on current topics in math and the sciences and visit national monuments and museums to learn more about our nation’s history.
“The needs and opportunities facing our country today will result in numerous opportunities for our youth who are interested in scientific or technical careers,” said Jennifer Woodard, DOE Paducah Site Lead. “Majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math is a great return on investment for students because there are many career opportunities within the Department of Energy.”