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High School Students Gear Up for Battle of the Brains

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Golden, Colo., Feb. 13, 2001 - How many prime numbers are there between 30 and 60? Starch is the polymer of what monosaccharide? 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. 24 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

Thirty-two student teams from 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 4 - 7, where the Colorado students will go up against winning teams from regional competitions across the nation. Students from Grand Junction High School placed first in last year's regional competition. DOE began the National Science Bowl 11 years 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 seven and glucose.

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Colorado Science Bowl teams

Denver metro area
Christian Fellowship - Lakewood (two teams)
Douglas County High School - Castle Rock (two teams)
Eaglecrest High School - Aurora (two teams)
Faith Christian High School - Arvada
George Washington High School - Denver
John F. Kennedy High School - Denver
Highlands Ranch High School - Highlands Ranch (two teams)
Lakewood High School - Lakewood (two teams)
Northglenn High School - Northglenn (two teams)
Pomona High School - Arvada
Smoky Hill High School - Aurora (two teams)

Colorado Springs
Coronado High School
Doherty High School
Palmer High School (two teams)
Sierra High School
Wasson High School

Pueblo
Pueblo Centennial High School (two teams)
Pueblo Central High School
Pueblo South High School

Other areas
Grand Junction High School - Grand Junction (two teams)
Woodland Park High School - Woodland Park