SPOKANE, Wash. — Top science and math students from local high schools and home schools will compete in the second annual U.S. Department of Energy Regional Science Bowl on March 8 at Washington State University Spokane.

The winning team from the fast-paced, Jeopardy-style competition will compete in the National Science Bowl contest 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.

The Spokane Science Bowl region covers northeast Washington. Last year’s championship saw Pullman High School defeat a team from Shadle Park High School in a last-second finish that kept spectators excited throughout the contest.

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. A scientific or technical background is helpful.

The final double-elimination rounds begin at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Phase I Classroom Building, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Spectators are welcome. Awards for the top four teams and “all star” competitors will be presented immediately following the final round.

The event is sponsored locally in part by WSU. Interested schools, volunteers and corporate sponsors can contact Beth Perry, Science Bowl coordinator, at bperry@owt.com or (509) 588-3901 for more details. Information on the Spokane Science Bowl will be updated online at www.events.spokane.wsu.edu.