The West Windsor-Plainsboro South High School Science Bowl team is going to Washington, D.C. for the second consecutive year after emerging undefeated recently in 12 rounds of challenging science and mathematics questions at the New Jersey Regional Science Bowl at the U.S. Department of Energys Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
The team defeated the Millburn High School Team in the final contest on Feb. 20 to win the Science Bowl. Millburn High School came in second, while Princeton High School came in third.
William Annin Middle School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, won the Middle School Science Bowl. The Princeton Charter School placed second and John Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton was third.
The winning teams will get an all-expenses paid trip to the U.S. Department of Energys National Science Bowl April 28 to May 2. They will compete with 69 other high school and 49 other middle school regional teams.
The high school contest included 32 high school teams from as far away as Brooklyn and Wilmington, Delaware. During the competition, team members consult with each other and hit a flashing red buzzer when they have the answer to one of up to 25 questions in general science, earth science, physical science, math and technology. Teams play up to 13 rounds in the high school contest and 11 rounds in the middle school contest in a double elimination format.
About 50 volunteers served as moderators, science judges, and timekeepers during the two days of competition.