20th Annual LADWP Science Bowl
|LOS ANGELES — The day before the Academy Awards, Saturday, February 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., more than 260 students on 55 teams from 32 public, charter and private high schools throughout the city will compete at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) 20th Annual Science Bowl Regional Competition at the utility’s downtown headquarters, 111 North Hope Street.
The winning team as the regional champion will travel to Washington, D.C. from April 25 to 29 to represent the city and compete at the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl, the Science “Oscars” where it will face 69 other teams from more than 40 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. LADWP regional championship teams are among the best in the U.S., having won four national titles and placed among the top five teams 11 times. In 2012, North Hollywood High School placed second at the National Science Bowl. The trip to Washington, D.C. is funded by the Department of Energy.
Science Bowl demonstrates the LADWP’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 are as exciting as 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 $2,000 for their school. Some teams will compete in the First Wind Hands-On Competition.
This year, LADWP Science Bowl sponsors include not only First Wind, but the Hitachi Southern California Regional Community Action Committee, the Hitachi Foundation, Gelson’s Markets, the Water and Power Community Credit Union, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society, Metro LA Chapter, IEEE Industry Applications Society, Office Depot, LA CityView Ch. 35, the Los Angeles Unified School District. the U.S. Department of Energy, and LA CityView Ch. 35. The Los Angeles Dodgers are providing free tickets for an upcoming game to program participants.
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, Youth Service Academy, and an Electric Safety Program for grades 4-6 which includes the Emmy-winning video “Outdoor Electric Safety” program produced by LA CityView Ch. 35. In addition, LADWP is working with LAUSD on development of new model high school lessons on water quality chemistry.
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. It is only one of a few coordinating regional Science Bowl sponsors that is a utility.