Christian Brothers Academy’s science team was in action at the 29th annual Department of Energy National Science Bowl this past weekend.
Taking place at Princeton University’s Plasma Physics Lab, the five man (one alternate) team of Patrick Dickinson, Ethan Harm, Brendan Prefer, Graydon Santos, Christopher Skelton competed in the challenge, which is comprised of a fast-paced, question & answer format.
The competition tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics, including biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and astronomy. Quick thinking and solid knowledge of science and math are the two most important qualities for a team’s success. The CBA team is typically very well rounded, with each member being versed in a specific area of science and math.
The CBA science team, moderated by Mrs. Kris Bednarz, has been attending this competition for several years now.
“The competition is steep and, for us, some years are better than others, but the experience is always positive.” Bednarz said. “The competition exposes our students to topics in their specific area of science that they may not have learned yet in class. It also allows them to meet with students from other schools that, like us, value their knowledge in the sciences.”
About the DOE’s National Science Bowl
Thousands of students from middle and high schools across the country look forward to a bit of an adrenaline buzz and a dopamine high as they compete in the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) 29th National Science Bowl® (NSB). Today, the NSB draws more than 14,000 middle- and high-school competitors. Since the first competition in 1991, more than 290,000 students have faced off in the National Science Bowl® Finals. The knowledge that former competitors have acquired – and more importantly, the collaborative skills and study habits that they’ve learned along the way – have led them to success in a variety of fields. Many have become researchers; others are science and math professors at some of our some of our nation’s most prestigious universities.