Oklahoma Regional Science Bowl
Do you play along to Jeopardy!? Did you download the Million Second Quiz app and hope for a knock on the door? If you like questions and answers, I need your help. I'm looking for volunteers to help with the Oklahoma Regional Science Bowl for middle school and high school students. On February 1, 2014 the Oklahoma Association for Academic Competition (OAAC) will be hosting the Oklahoma Regional Science Bowl at Redlands Community College in El Reno. We expect to run 10-12 competition rooms during the preliminary rounds of the morning. We will run six rooms for the finals in the afternoon. Each competition room will need a timer, a scorekeeper and a scientific/rules judge.
This will be the fourth year for the OAAC to host the Regional Science Bowl tournament. It will be the first year to host both middle school and high school on the same day. "Our middle school enrollment has been quite a bit lighter than the high school enrollment for the past few years," said Gail Bliss, OAAC director. "We hope having the high school and middle school on the same day will encourage some of our high school teams to bring along the middle schoolers. Having both tournaments on the same day will also help cut down on travel costs for schools who do bring both teams."
Jennifer Light, Monte Cassino Middle School Science Bowl team coach said, "Representing Oklahoma at the National Middle School Science Bowl was an honor and an experience that my students will never forget. We were surrounded by some of the brightest science and math students in the country. It was eye-opening to my students that there was so much talent in this country. This experience has really impressed upon several of these young men that they are but a small, select group of young people that could really change this country in the very near future. However, they need to work SO much harder now that they have seen that there is a vast country of bright students that will be competing for the same college spots and job opportunities. Scibo is a competition and I think that they now see some of the "other" competition that they will be up against. This was exciting for them. They met wonderful people, enjoyed the camaraderie of peers with the same interests (lots of Risk playing whenever there was a free minute), saw the nation's capital and then experienced watching the National Finals of both the Middle school level and the High School level. It was incredible to say the least."
There will be two separate winners crowned, one for each age division. The winning teams will have the opportunity to participate in the National Science Bowl held in Washington D.C. during the last week in April.
Bliss added, "We are also looking for teams. If you know of science oriented kids in middle school or high school let them know about the tournament. I would love to be back here begging for more volunteers because I have a flood of teams ready to compete."
To find out more about the National Science Bowl, visit their web site at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb.
To find out more about the OAAC, visit their web site at www.oaac.org. To volunteer or have questions please contact Gail Bliss at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 580-330-0916.
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