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02/29/2004 - WSU Spokane to Host Science Bowl 2004

Top science and math students from local high schools and home schools will compete in the third annual U.S. Department of Energy Regional Science Bowl on Saturday, March 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Washington State University Spokane. The winning team from this fast-paced Jeopardy-style competition will compete with winners of 64 regional contests in the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., in May.

Science Bowl is an academic competition among teams of students who answer questions in a variety of academic disciplines, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and earth, computer and general science. Each team includes four students, one alternate, and a teacher or coach.

According to Barbara Chamberlain, Director of Communications and Public Affairs WSU Spokane, "it's like our own version of Jeopardy, right here in Spokane." "It supports and encourages academic accomplishment, and links us as a city to science, technology, and the knowledge economy--a good message for Spokane, in a fun medium," says Chamberlain.

Science Bowl is looking for volunteers. Here's information on volunteering:

Time Commitment
Help is needed to prepare the rooms and registration materials on Friday March 12 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and to monitor the contests on Saturday, March 13 from 8:00 a.m. through 12:00, or 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Positions
Moderator (question reader), scientific judge, rules judge, scorer, timer, and special awards monitor are needed in each of eleven competition rooms. Volunteers will be assigned to a specific team to serve in one of the rooms throughout the event.

A scientific background is helpful for the moderator and science judge positions but is not necessary for the rules judge, timer, scorer, or monitor.

Also needed is general help at the check-in table, setting up the lunch room, and so forth. If you come, they'll find something for you to do!

Training
Officials are asked to go through a training session on Friday, March 12 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. or 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in room 114 of the Phase I Classroom Building, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd at WSU Spokane. Science Bowl Officials will go over the rules and acquaint you with the equipment. There is a training video on request if you are unable to come to a Friday session.

Rewards
Science Bowl will provide snacks, lunch, and a t-shirt or sweatshirt plus a certificate of appreciation. "I know from personal experience that volunteers leave this event with a great feeling of contributing to the advancement of the awesome students who participate in this event," says Chamberlain.

To Respond
E-mail Beth Perry, event coordinator, bperry@owt.com, call 509.588.3901 or fax 509.588.8088.

For more information, go to: www.scied.science.doe.gov/rsb/. The position job descriptions and the rules are posted.

Billie Moreland
 
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