A group of Nebraska middle school students will travel along with a group of high school students to the nation’s capital, where they will put their science and mathematics skills to the test.
Gov. Dave Heineman welcomed teams from the Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School and Lincoln East High School to his Capitol office to congratulate them on winning the 2012 U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl regional competition. That qualified the teams for the national competition later this month.
Student Derek Chew with Alice Buffett Middle School says he enjoys the challenge of Science Bowl.
“I just like the rapid-fire competitions. Especially the competitions that involve the mathematics,” Chew says.
The National Science Bowl challenges students on both math and science. It will be held in both Chevy Chase, Maryland and Washington, D.C. April 26th through the 28th. The final matches of the academic competition will be held on the 30th.
Middle school teams compete in the Lithium-Ion Battery-Powered Model Car Challenge.
2012 National Science Bowl Regional Champions from Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School include Priya Kukreja, Derek Chew, Catherine Mittlieder, Jordan Brown, Bryce May, and Coach Sue Durfee. Winners from Lincoln East High School include Akshay Rajagopal, Mylan Bhoopalam, Drew Bakenhus, Michael Liou, Jessica Qiu, and Coach Kyle Thompson.
Lincoln East High School student Mylan Bhoopalam says he has been interested in science since his childhood.
“First of all, it really intrigues me. It’s mainly that curiosity what drives me to learn more about all the subjects of science,” Bhoopalam says. “I’m very interested in biology and physics. It really gets my mind thinking and I want to know more about how things work or why is it this way?”
Student Jordan Brown from Alice Buffett Middle School acknowledges the pressure students operate under during competition.
“And if it’s nerve-wracking, a little. But, we’ve trained continuously throughout the last couple of months,” according to Brown. “We’ve worked really hard. We know our facts. I think we’re going to do very well in the competition.”
More than 550 students from 43 states as well as the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico will participate in this year’s Science Bowl.
AUDIO: Gov. Heineman welcomes National Science Bowl regional winners to Captiol office. [17:30]