Winning Science Bowl Sends Team to National Competition in Nation’s Capital
LOS ANGELES (February 23, 2019)— Showcasing an outstanding grasp of advanced science, math and technology concepts, quick reflexes and grace under pressure, North Hollywood High School Team A won the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) 27th Annual Science Bowl Regional Competition held today in downtown Los Angeles.
Team members from North Hollywood High School Team each receive the $1,000 Hitachi Scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC from April 25 to April 29 to represent the City of Los Angeles and compete at the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl. The trip is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. The team will compete in a field of 65 high school champions from 40 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. A total of nine teams from California will participate.
This marks North Hollywood’s 20th regional championship over the past 22 years. Last year North Hollywood High School placed second at the National Science Bowl for the fifth time.
Bravo Medical Magnet High School Team A placed second in the competition. The winner of the third place trophy was Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies Team A, while Venice High School Team A placed fourth.
Teams also demonstrated problem-solving and time management skills during the Water and Power Community Credit Union Hands-On Competition. Each year teams tackle a different challenge. This year teams used various materials to solve a puzzle and also built and raced a self-powered airplane.
In the hands-on competition, Van Nuys High School Team B was the recipient of the first place Franklin Lu Hands-On Trophy, presented in memory of the late LADWP engineer and Science Bowl volunteer. Team members also received a $250 scholarship. The second place scholarship award was presented to Lincoln High School Team A. Third and fourth place scholarships were awarded to San Pedro High School Team A and Venice High School Team B respectively. This year the Water and Power Community Credit Union sponsored all the scholarships in the hands-on competition.
Science Bowl is a proud LADWP tradition and an example of the Department’s commitment to the Los Angeles community. Each year, LADWP Science Bowl tests the region’s sharpest students’ reflexes, teamwork skills and knowledge in a fun competitive atmosphere using a television game show format that involves answering toss-up and bonus questions, buzzers and timed responses.
In addition to LADWP and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, sponsors of this year’s Science Bowl included the Hitachi Southern California Community Action Committee, the Water and Power Community Credit Union, Office Depot, Gelson’s Market, and the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The event was also made possible through the efforts of more than 100 volunteers, mainly LADWP employees, their families and past Science Bowl participants.
The National Science Bowl is among the nation’s largest science-based academic competitions and the only one sponsored by a federal agency. Since its inception in 1991, more than 290,000 students have participated in the program.
In addition to Science Bowl, other LADWP-sponsored education programs include the Los Angeles Times in Education Program, LAUSD Academic Decathlon Student Training Workshops, Adopt-A-School Program, an Environmental Teacher Institute, Youth Service Academy as well as lessons and website resources on electric safety designed for an elementary school audience. Live theater plays in schools on water resources and conservation and an in-school water conservation and energy efficiency program are conducted on behalf of LADWP under sponsorships of two non-profit organizations.
LADWP is one of only a few utilities in the nation that serves as a coordinating regional Science Bowl sponsor and host. LADWP is the nation’s largest municipally-owned utility and has provided water and energy services to 1.5 million electric and 680,000 water customers in the City of Los Angeles.
LADWP Manager of Education Outreach
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