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News Release NR-1604

Students Sharpen Science and Math Skills at Middle School Science Bowl

March 8, 2004

Golden, Colo. — The buzzer has sounded, the clock is ticking and all eyes are on you—what is the vitamin deficiency that causes Rickets? If you answered "Vitamin D" in 10 seconds or less, you're ready to join students from across Colorado participating in the first annual Middle School Science Bowl on March 13 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

This academic competition is a fast-paced question-and-answer contest where students answer questions about earth science, physical science, life science, math, and general science. Each team is composed of four students and a teacher who serves as adviser and coach. The competition is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Golden Field Office and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Midwest Research Institute and Battelle.

The six participating schools are Adams City Middle School, Commerce City; Battle Mountain Junior High, Cripple Creek; James Irwin Charter Middle School, Jenkins Middle School and Sabin Middle School, Colorado Springs; and Wellington Junior High School, Wellington. The winning regional team will be given the opportunity to compete in the National Middle School Bowl June 17 - 20 in Golden.

The Regional Middle School Science Bowl will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Alderson Hall (1613 Illinois St.) at the Colorado School of Mines.

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's premier laboratory for renewable energy research and development and a leading laboratory for energy efficiency R&D. NREL is operated for DOE by Midwest Research Institute and Battelle.

For further information contact NREL Public Relations at 303-275-4090.
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