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A contest of the minds at N.J. Regional Science Bowl

Teams of middle school and high school students from as far away as Delaware and New York will come to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) Feb. 24 to Feb. 25 to compete in a battle of the minds in 12 fierce rounds of competition answering challenging math, science and technology questions at the DOE’s New Jersey Regional Science Bowl®, 100 Stellarator Road, Princeton, New Jersey.

The winners of each competition will win all-expense paid trips to DOE’s National Science Bowl® in Washington, D.C., from April 27 to May 1. The middle school winner will compete against 47 other regional teams, while the high school champion will compete against 67 other teams.

This year is the 24th year PPPL will host the Science Bowl in which 16 middle school teams and 32 high school teams will participate. They will answer up to 46 challenging questions in Earth and space science, physical science, life science, math and technology per round with up to 11 rounds for the middle schoolers and up to 13 rounds for the high schoolers in a double-elimination format.

Two local teams went to Washington, D.C., after winning the New Jersey Regional Bowl last year. The West Windsor-Plainsboro South High School team placed first in the high school competition for the second year in a row after remaining undefeated in 12 rounds of competition. William Annin Middle School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, won the middle school contest.

About 50 PPPL volunteers will serve as moderators, science judges, and timekeepers during the two days of competition.

The Middle School Science Bowl on Feb. 24 will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the High School Science Bowl will be on Feb. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to about 4 p.m. The event is open to the public and members of the media. Directions to the Laboratory are available at http://www.pppl.gov/about/visiting-pppl

PPPL, on Princeton University's Forrestal Campus in Plainsboro, N.J., is devoted to creating new knowledge about the physics of plasmas — ultra-hot, charged gases — and to developing practical solutions for the creation of fusion energy. The Laboratory is managed by the University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which is the largest single supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.

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