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National Science Bowl Second Place Winners Explore Colorado

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Golden, Colo., July 15, 1997 -- A team of high school students will experience the power of nature firsthand as they explore Colorado's energy resources July 20-27. The Rockville, Md., team won this all expenses paid opportunity by answering difficult questions in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) 1997 National Science Bowl.

The Wootton High team won second place in the competition in Chevy Chase, Md., last May. The trip will include visiting a geothermal site in Glenwood Springs, observing solar architecture ranging from ancient Anasazi ruins at Mesa Verde National Park to straw-bale and Earthship houses built from recycled materials in Ridgeway and Durango. The students also will tour DOE facilities in Golden at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Rocky Flats. The Colorado trip is supported by DOE's NREL, Golden Field Office, Denver Regional Support Office, Rocky Flats Office and Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site.

The competition included a number of round-robin and double-elimination contests. Student teams faced off in a fast-paced match of questions about physics, math, biology, astronomy, chemistry, computers and the earth sciences. First-place winners travel to Australia and the third-place team heads to South Carolina to participate in science activities.

The National Science Bowl is sponsored by DOE's Office of Energy Research. Since DOE began the National Science Bowl seven years ago, the competition has evolved into one of the department's premier educational programs to help stimulate students' interests in science and math. Media are invited to cover the trip.