SPOKANE, Wash. — Top science and math students from local high schools and home schools are invited to compete in the first U.S. Department of Energy Regional Science Bowl planned in northeastern Washington on Saturday, March 9, at Washington State University Spokane.

The winning team from this fast paced Jeopardy!-style competition will compete with winners of 64 regional contests in the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., in May.

Science Bowl is an academic competition among teams of students who answer questions from several academic disciplines including astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and earth, computer and general science. Each team includes four students, one alternate and a teacher or coach.

Community sponsors and a number of volunteers are needed to conduct the Science Bowl. Volunteers will read questions and serve as science judges, rules judges, scorers and timers.

The final double elimination rounds start at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Phase I Classroom Building, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd., and spectators are welcome. Awards for the top four teams and “all star” competitors will be presented at 5 p.m. WSU Spokane campus executive officer and dean Bill Gray will welcome competitors in the morning and will read the questions in the final round.

The event is sponsored locally in part by WSU. Interested schools, volunteers and corporate sponsors should contact Beth Perry, science bowl coordinator, at bperry@owt.com or (509) 588-3901.