Three Los Angeles-Area Teams Leave Today for Nation’s Capital to Compete in U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl
|LOS ANGELES — Five-member teams from North Hollywood High School, Arcadia High School and Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies depart today for Washington, D.C. to represent the Los Angeles area at the annual U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl, which concludes on May 2.
Students are set to compete in a field of 110 regional championship teams from 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico in the quiz show-style format featuring complex math, science and technology questions.
North Hollywood High School is the champion of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Science Bowl regional competition, covering the city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). North Hollywood will compete in the National Science Bowl as the LADWP Science Bowl regional champion for the 13th time this year. The school finished in 3rd place at the National Science Bowl last year. It took the national title in 2001, has won second place trophies three times and has also received fourth and fifth place trophies.
Arcadia High School, the champion of the regional competition held at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, represents Southern California areas outside of the city and LAUSD. Last year Arcadia High School placed fourth at the National Science Bowl. Teams from the JPL regional competition in the past have won a national title in addition to the fourth place trophy. Both Arcadia and North Hollywood will be competing in a field of 69 teams.
The team from Los Angeles Center of Enriched Studies (LACES) won the regional middle school competition in the Los Angeles area for the second consecutive year held at California State University Los Angeles, and sponsored by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. LACES will be competing in a field of 41 teams. In addition, the middle school teams participate in a second competition to design, build and race model hydrogen fuel cell powered cars.
LADWP regional championship teams have among the best records at the National Science Bowl compared to any other area or region in the nation. The teams have won four national titles and placed in the top five teams, 10 times.
The National Science Bowl is the nation’s largest science competition and the only one sponsored by a federal agency. Since the program began in 1991 nearly 200,000 high school students and their teachers have participated. This year, more than 14,000 students competed in regional competitions– more than 10,000 at the high school level and 4,000 at the middle school level from 1,800 schools.
Science Bowl is a proud LADWP tradition and an excellent example of the Department’s commitment to the Los Angeles educational community. Additional LADWP educational programs include the Adopt-A-School Program, the Times in Education Program, an electric safety education program and a partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District on curriculum development covering renewable energy and conservation and a second package in chemistry. Further information about LADWP educational programs is available by visiting www.ladwp.com, clicking “Community Involvement” and then selecting “LADWP in the School” in the pull-down menu.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is the nation’s largest city-owned utility with 1.4 million customers. It has provided utility services to residents and businesses in the city of Los Angeles for more than a century.
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