High School Students Gear Up for Battle of the Brains

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Golden, Colo., Jan. 31, 2000 - Which planet in the solar system has a day that lasts longer than its year? If 64 sugar cubes were glued into one solid cube and spray-painted red, how many of the original cubes would have exactly two red surfaces? High school students from across Colorado will face such questions as they test their mental agility in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Colorado Science Bowl on Feb. 12 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

More than 25 student teams from rural communities to metropolitan areas across the state will compete in this rapid-fire question-and-answer tournament, which focuses on physics, math, biology, astronomy, chemistry, computers and the earth sciences. Each team is composed of four students, one alternate and a teacher who serves as adviser and coach. The competition is sponsored by DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Golden Field Office.

The winning team will earn the opportunity to compete in the National Science Bowl in the Washington, D.C. area May 5 - 8, where they will go up against winning teams from regional competitions across the nation. Students from Smoky Hill High School in Aurora placed first in last year's regional competition.

DOE began the National Science Bowl a decade ago to help stimulate interest in science and math. The competition has evolved into one of the Energy Department's premier education programs.

The Colorado Science Bowl will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Alderson Hall (1613 Illinois St.) at the Colorado School of Mines.

The answers to the questions are Venus and 24.


Colorado Science Bowl teams

Denver Metro area
Christian Fellowship - Lakewood (two teams)
Douglas County High School - Castle Rock (two teams)
Eaglecrest High School - Aurora
Faith Christian High School - Arvada
George Washington High School - Denver
Golden High School - Golden
Highlands Ranch High School - Highlands Ranch
Littleton High School - Littleton
Northglenn High School - Northglenn
Pomona High School - Arvada
Smoky Hill High School - Aurora (two teams)

Colorado Springs
Coronado High School
Doherty High School
Palmer High School
Wasson High School

Pueblo Centennial High School
Pueblo Central High School
Pueblo South High School

Other areas
Granada High School - Granada
Grand Junction High School - Grand Junction
Lewis Palmer High School - Monument
Rifle High School - Rifle
Woodland Park High School - Woodland Park