St. Paul, MN [January 18, 2021] – 150 high school students from across Minnesota will demonstrate their science and math skills on Saturday, January 23 during the Minnesota Academy of Science’s virtual high school Science Bowl.
As a regional competition of the U.S. Department of Energy, the winning team will advance to the National Science Bowl. Science Bowl enables students who are passionate about math and science to go beyond classroom learning and to strengthen their teamwork skills. “Science Bowl encourages pursuing knowledge and curiosity in general,” said 2020 High School Science Bowl participant Bryanna Shao.
In this year’s virtual Science Bowl, students compete in five-person teams to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. The tournament runs in a fast-paced, Q&A format with teams with the highest scores continuing to the next round of the competition. Science Bowl tournament manager Kristine Fowler points out that the competition has taken on new relevancy this year, stating “the virtual Science Bowl format allows this exciting event to go forward even in a time of physical distancing. Coaches tell me that practicing for the competition has been a great way to keep their students positively engaged with science and with each other.”
Founded in 1873, the Minnesota Academy of Science (MAS) is a statewide 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for Minnesotans of all backgrounds to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning, inquiry, research, and networking. MAS sponsors STEM education programs and events for students in elementary school through college. MAS coordinates the annual Science Bowl with the help of more than 100 volunteers and with generous support from Ecolab, General Mills, Hardenbergh Foundation, the Minnesota Department of Education, and the United States Department of Energy.
The high schools participating in the 2021 Science Bowl are Academy of Holy Angels, The Blake School, Breck School, Burnsville Senior High, Carlton Secondary, Century Senior High, Chanhassen High School, Chaska High School, East Ridge High School, Edina Senior High, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, Maple Grove Senior High, Minnetonka High School, St. Paul Academy – Summit School, St. Francis High School, Rock Ridge Public School, Wayzata High School, and Woodbury Senior High.