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NEWS FROM WESTERN AREA POWER ADMINISTRATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 25, 2013
Contact: Susan Franklin, 970-461-7395, sfranklin@wapa.gov

2013 ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL SET FOR FEB. 2

LOVELAND, Colo.—With the nation’s focus on energy independence and sustainability, it’s important to promote the benefits of science and math among high school youth. Western Area Power Administration is doing just that by hosting the 21st Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Science Bowl—a math and science competition for high school students, Feb. 2 at the Clark Building, Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, beginning at 8 a.m.

High school students from across Colorado and Nebraska, representing 12 schools will test their knowledge of science and vie for the coveted first place and a free trip to the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., held April 25 to 29. The regional and national events encourage student involvement in math and science, improve awareness of career options in science and technology and provide an avenue of enrichment and reward for academic science achievement.

Ridgeview Classical, winner of the 2012 Rocky Mountain Science Bowl, will be defending its title among other participating teams, including:

This is the 21st year for the Rocky Mountain Regional Science Bowl, sponsored by Western Area Power Administration, Colorado State University and several other business partners in Colorado. The public is invited to watch the competition and support the teams. Admission is free.

Science Bowl is a fast-paced, verbal competition where students answer questions at random from the following subject areas: astronomy, biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, as well as earth and general sciences. Teams range from those that practice rigorously for this year’s event to those fine-tuning their skills for next year. Science Bowl is a proven tool that encourages high school students to excel in math and science and to pursue careers in those fields. By raising the visibility of academic achievement in the sciences, the program has been successful in placing these young people on a par with their peers who excel in athletics.

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Competition begins at 8 a.m., in a round-robin format, followed by a double-elimination tournament beginning at 1 p.m., with the championship round set for about 3:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will follow immediately. Interviews with competing teams and their coaches will be available throughout the day. Media representatives should check in at the registration desk.

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