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News Release NR-0206

High School Students Gear Up for Battle of the Brains

February 6, 2006

Golden, Colo. — The next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers will test their mental agility in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Colorado Science Bowl on Feb. 11 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

Forty teams from across Colorado will compete in this rapid-fire question-and-answer tournament, which focuses on physics, math, biology, astronomy, chemistry, computers, general science 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 the DOE, Xcel Energy Foundation, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Midwest Research Institute and Battelle.

The winning team will earn the opportunity to compete in the National Science Bowl® in the Washington, D.C., area April 27 - May 1, where the Colorado students 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® 16 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 5 p.m. in Alderson Hall (1613 Illinois St.) at the Colorado School of Mines.

Colorado Science Bowl Teams
Arapahoe High School, Centennial
Arvada High School, Arvada
Cherokee Trail High School, Aurora (two teams)
Christian Fellowship High School, Lakewood
Coronado High School, Colorado Springs
D'Evelyn High School, Jefferson County (two teams)
Douglas County High School, Castle Rock (two teams)
Eaglecrest High School, Centennial (two teams)
Eaton High School, Eaton
Faith Christian High School, Arvada (two teams)
Highlands Ranch High School, Highlands Ranch (two teams)
Horizon High School, Thornton
Jefferson Academy High School, Broomfield (two teams)
John F. Kennedy High School, Denver (two teams)
Legacy High School, Broomfield (two teams)
Northglenn High School, Northglenn (two teams)
Overland High School, Aurora
Palmer High School, Colorado Springs (two teams)
Pueblo Centennial High School, Pueblo (two teams)
Pueblo South High School, Pueblo
Rangeview High School, Aurora (two teams)
Smoky Hill High School, Aurora (two teams)
Thunder Ridge High School, Highlands Ranch
Union Colony Preparatory School, Greeley
University of Denver High School, Denver
Westminster High School, Westminster (two teams)

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