Colorado Students Contend in Competition of the Mind

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Golden, Colo., January 27, 1997 -- How many of Jupiter's moons did Galileo see in his first telescope? To which biological phylum do the flatworms belong? High school students from across Colorado will face such mind-boggling questions as they test their mental agility in the 1997 Colorado Science Bowl Feb. 8 at the Auraria Campus of Metropolitan State College in Denver.

The competition includes a number of round robin competitions in the morning and double elimination contests in the afternoon. Student teams face-off in a fast-paced match of questions about physics, math, biology, astronomy, chemistry, computers and the earth sciences.

The regional competition is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the DOE Golden Field Office, Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site, the Midwest Research Institute, Kaiser-Hill and Metropolitan State College.

DOE began the National Science Bowl seven years ago and the competition has evolved into one of its premier educational programs to help stimulate young people's interest in science and math.

The Science Bowl is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the North Classroom Building at Metropolitan State College (at Speer and Larimer) on the Auraria Campus. The winning schools will be announced between 4 and 5 p.m. Editors Note: See next page for a list of participating schools.