SPOKANE, Wash. — Top science and math students from local high schools and home schools will compete in the third annual U.S. Department of Energy Regional Science Bowl on March 13 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 in a variety of 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, the Pullman High School team repeated as the winner from 2002, again beating a team from Shadle Park High School.

The Pullman team represented the Science Bowl region in the national academic contest. It also participated in the inaugural hydrogen fuel cell model car challenge. The car the team built placed first in the speed race, resulting in a $1,000 award to the Pullman High School science department.

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 but not required.

The final double elimination rounds begin 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 immediately following the final round.

The event is sponsored locally in part by WSU, which also offers $1,000 scholarships to the members of the winning team for use at any WSU campus. Other sponsors include the Area Health Education Center, WSU Extension; INTEC; Pathology Associates Medical Labs; and the Northeast Washington Hospital Council.

Interested schools, volunteers and corporate sponsors should 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.

Note to editors: High schools expected to participate include Deer Park, Saint George’s, North Central, Ferris, Rogers, Cascade, Pullman, Riverside, University, Cheney, Shadle Park, Upper Valley Christian (Leavenworth), and St. Regis, Mont.