Southland students compete in national Science Bowl

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(Photo credit: National Science Bowl)

(Photo credit: National Science Bowl)

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Teams of students from two Los Angeles Unified School District schools and Irvine’s University High School will compete starting today in the 23rd annual U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.

North Hollywood High School, which finished second in last year’s national competition and won in 2001, qualified as the winner of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Science Bowl regional competition.

Eagle Rock Junior High School advanced by winning the Cal State Los Angeles Middle School Science Bowl. University High School won the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Los Angeles Regional Science Bowl.

Students will be tested in all areas of science in a “Jeopardy”-type format. Each team consists of four students and one alternate.

The National Science Bowl was created in 1991 to encourage students to pursue careers in math and science fields. Since its inception, more than 225,000 students have competed.

The competition attracts of 69 teams from more than 40 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, including 14 from California. It concludes Monday.

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