Students Compete in Regional Science Bowl at JPL Saturday, Feb. 2


WHAT: Twenty-four high school teams from throughout Southern California will vie for the title of Regional Science Bowl Champion in this year's fast-paced academic competition on Saturday, Feb. 2, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

Students will be quizzed in a question-and-answer format similar to "Jeopardy" in all areas of science, including biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, energy, mathematics and physics. Each team consists of four students, one alternate and a teacher, who serves as an advisor and coach. Students may not use calculators or notes during the competition.

John Callas of JPL, the Mars Exploration Rover project manager, and actress June Lockhart, known for her roles in "Lassie" and "Lost in Space," will present prizes to the winners.

The National Science Bowl, created in 1991 by the U.S. Department of Energy, is one of the country's largest science competitions. This year, more than 9,500 high school students and 4,500 middle school students are participating in 70 high school and 50 middle school regional competitions. The winners from each regional event will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National Science Bowl finals in May.

More information is online at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/pso/nsb.cfm .

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 2, starting at 8 a.m. Final matches begin at about 3:30 p.m. The awards presentation begins at approximately 4 p.m.

WHERE: JPL's Flight Projects Center, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, Calif. JPL is located off the Oak Grove Drive exit of the 210 (Foothill) Freeway. Visitor parking is to the left (west) of the JPL main guard gate, across the street from the JPL Visitor Center.

CONTACT: Reporters who would like to cover the event at JPL must arrange access by contacting Jia-Rui Cook in the JPL Media Relations Office by noon on Friday, Feb. 1, at 818-354-0850 or jccook@jpl.nasa.gov . In addition, valid media credentials are required, and non-U.S. citizens must also bring a valid passport.

2013 JPL Science Bowl: Participating Schools

1. Arcadia High School,
2. Crescenta Valley High School
3. Diamond Bar High School
4. Dos Pueblos High School, Goleta
5. Edison High School, Huntington Beach
6. Herbert Hoover High School, Glendale
7. Huntington Beach High School
8. John Marshall Fundamental High School, Pasadena
9. Maranatha High School, Pasadena
10. Mark Keppel High School, Alhambra
11. Palos Verdes High School, Palos Verdes Estates
12. Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates
13. Pioneer High School, Whittier
14. Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach
15. Rowland High School, Rowland Heights
16. San Dimas High School
17. Santa Monica High School
18. South Hills High School, West Covina
19. Temple City High School
20. University High School, Irvine
21. William Workman High School, City of Industry
22. Wilson Classical High School, Long Beach
23. Woodbridge High School, Irvine
24. Xavier College Preparatory High School, Palm Desert

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