19th Annual LADWP Science Bowl
|LOS ANGELES — More than 275 students on 57 teams from 33 public, charter and private high schools throughout the city will compete at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Science Bowl Regional Competition on Saturday, February 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Department’s downtown headquarters located at 111 North Hope Street.
Entering its 19th year, LADWP’s Science Bowl demonstrates the Department’s commitment to the city’s youth and the Los Angeles educational community. A proud LADWP tradition, Science Bowl tests students’ reflexes, teamwork skills and knowledge of science, math and technology in a fun competitive atmosphere following a television game show format.
The participating students are among the best in the city. The Science Bowl provides a venue that demonstrates through competition that science, math and technology as subjects can be exciting just like sports. The program enables students to showcase their talents and sharpen their academic skills.
At this year’s competition students will vie for a combined $25,000 in college scholarship funds for themselves and prizes for their respective schools. First place team members will receive $1,000 Hitachi Scholarships as well as $2,500 for their school. As regional title holders, the winning team will travel to Washington, D.C. from April 28 to May 2 to represent the city at the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl, where LADWP regional championship teams are among the best, having won four national titles and additional trophies in 10 out of the last 16 years. In 2010, the LADWP regional champion, the team from North Hollywood High School placed third at the National Science Bowl. The trip to Washington, D.C. is funded by the Department of Energy.
Sponsors of this year’s LADWP Science Bowl include First Wind, Hitachi Southern California Regional Community Action Committee, the Hitachi Foundation, the Clary Corporation, Gelson’s Markets, the Water and Power Community Credit Union, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Office Depot, the Engineer’s Council, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the U.S. Department of Energy.
LADWP has partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and other educational institutions for more than 30 years. Currently, in addition to Science Bowl, LADWP Educational Programs and partnerships include the Adopt-A-School Program, the Times in Education Program, an Electrical Safety Program and a multi-faceted effort with LAUSD that developed new model 6th grade science lessons on renewable energy and conservation, a second model curriculum for high school chemistry classes related to water quality laboratory activities, as well as providing overnight environmental science experiences for students in grades 6, 8 and 10 and converting the San Pedro Math, Science and Technology Center to a Learning Sustainability and Model Conservation Center.
LADWP provides science and math lessons as well as electric safety classroom and student activities on its website. The utility also has produced with LA CityView Ch. 35, television programs that have aired locally offered to schools on DVD including the Emmy-winning video “Outdoor Electrical Safety” and a just released program on Renewable Energy and Conservation entitled,”Keep It Flowing.”
LADWP is the largest municipally-owned utility in the nation with more than 1.4 million customers. It has provided utility services to residents and businesses in the city of Los Angeles for more than a century.