Two high school teams in Science Bowl

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Teams from Rockwood High School and Kingston’s Roane County High School will participate in a competition next weekend to determine the area’s representative in the high school national finals of the U.S. Department of Energy Science Bowl.

The two schools are

among more than 50 across the state that will face off during the regional competition Feb. 22 in Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus in Friendsville.

DOE’s National Science Bowl is an academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics.

Teams are comprised of four students, one alternate and a teacher who serves as adviser and coach.

The teams face off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics and energy, as well as mathematics.

The winner of the regional competition will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National Science Bowl in late April.

The winner of the national competition will be awarded prizes for the team members and their schools.

Sample questions include:

• What term BEST describes 2 angles with 90 degrees as the sum of their measurements?

• What is the most common term used in genetics to describe the observable physical characteristics of an organism caused by the expression of a gene or set of genes?

• What is the unit for electric current equal to 1 coulomb per second?

(The answers, in order, are “complementary,” “phenotype” and “ampere” or “amp”.)

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields.

More than 225,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions.