Harvard – Westlake School Team Departs for Washington, D.C. to Compete in
LOS ANGELES — The five-member student team from Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City leaves Thursday April 24 for Washington, D.C. to represent Los Angeles at the 24th Annual U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl competition. The team returns on Monday evening April 28.
Students are set to compete in a field of 68 regional championship teams from more than 40 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Ten of the teams are from California. The competition follows a game-show format featuring complex math, science and technology questions.
Harvard-Westlake School is the champion of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Science Bowl regional competition held in February that includes public, private and parochial schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District boundaries. This will be Harvard-Westlake’s first participation at the national event. They defeated 15-time regional champion North Hollywood High School to earn the right to compete at the National Science Bowl.
LADWP regional championship teams have among the best records at the National Science Bowl compared to other areas of the country. These teams have won four national titles and 11 trophies in total which includes placing second, third, fourth or fifth at the national event.
The National Science Bowl is the nation’s largest high school science competition. Since the program began in 1991, about 200,000 high school and middle school students and their teachers have participated. This year 9,000 high school students competed in regional competitions.
Prizes include science-based trips to Alaska and Yellowstone National Park for the top two winning high school teams. Other awards include trophies, plaques, and monetary awards ranging from $500 to $1,000 for the purchase of school science supplies.
Science Bowl is a proud LADWP tradition and an example of the Department’s commitment to the Los Angeles educational community. Additional LADWP education programs include the Adopt-A-School program, an electric safety classroom lesson and interactive online website, Youth Service Academy, and on-line water and energy lesson materials. Also this year two classroom lesson development projects are coordinated with LAUSD on such topics as renewable energy for sixth grade and high school chemistry focusing on the LADWP Water Quality Lab.
For further information on LADWP Education Programs log on to www.ladwp.com >About Us>In Our Community>Education Programs.
Note to Editors and Reporters:
Walter Zeisl, LADWP Communications Division, will be available by cell phone or text in the