Princeton High School and Grover Middle School Win Top Prizes at Regional Science Bowls
Plainsboro, New Jersey — Thomas Grover Middle School in West Windsor, N.J., and Princeton High School in Princeton, N.J., placed first at the regional Science Bowls® held Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).
The winning middle school team was among 16 teams from 14 schools; the first-place high school team was among 32 high school teams from 28 area schools. During the Jeopardy-like tournament in which all the categories are disciplines of science, competing teams were quizzed on biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth science, general science, and mathematics. Each team was made up of four students, a student alternate, and a teacher who served as an adviser and coach.
Final Results of the middle school regional competition (Friday, Feb. 24):
1st Place — Thomas Grover Middle School (West Windsor, N.J.)
2nd Place — Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School (Bridgewater, N.J.)
3rd Place — Fairgrounds Middle School (Nashua, N.H.)
Final Results of the high school regional competition (Saturday, February 25):
1st Place — Princeton High School (Princeton, N.J.)
2nd Place — West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, (West Windsor, N.J.)
3rd Place — High Technology High School (Lincroft, N.J.)
Participating Schools for the Middle School Science Bowl:
Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School, Bridgewater, N.J.
Burlington City Jr. School, Burlington, N.J.
Cinnaminson Middle School, Cinnaminson, N.J.
Fairgrounds Middle School, Nashua, N.H.
Fisher Middle School, Ewing, N.J.
Forrestdale Middle School, Rumson, N.J.
Glenfield Middle School, Montclair, N.J.
Hedgepeth-Williams School, Trenton, N.J.
JDroids Science Club, Wayne, N.J.
John Witherspoon Middle School, Princeton, N.J.
Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School, Cliffwood, N.J.
Pond Road Middle School, Robbinsville, N.J.
Thomas Grover Middle School, West Windsor, N.J.
Wilbur Watts Intermediate School, Burlington, N.J.
Participating Schools for the High School Science Bowl:
Academies@Englewood, Englewood, N.J.
Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, N.J.
Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Bridgewater, N.J.
Charter School of Wilmington, Wilmington, Del.
Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, N.J.
East Brunswick High School, East Brunswick, N.J.
Hatboro-Horsham High School, Horsham, Penn.
High Technology High School, Lincroft, N.J.
Highland Park High School, Highland Park, N.J.
Hopewell Valley Central High School, Pennington, N.J.
Livingston High School, Livingston, N.J.
Millburn High School, Millburn, N.J.
Montgomery High School, Montgomery, N.J.
Noor-Ul-Iman, Monmouth Junction, N.J.
Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, N.J.
Pascack Hills High School, Montvale, N.J.
Princeton Day School, Princeton, N.J.
Princeton High School, Princeton, N.J.
Red Bank Regional High School, Little Silver, N.J.
Robbinsville High School, Robbinsville, N.J.
Sayreville War Memorial High School, Parlin, N.J.
State College Area High School, State College, Penn.
Union County Magnet High School, Scotch Plains, N.J.
Watchung Hills Regional High School, Warren, N.J.
West Chester East High School, West Chester, Penn.
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, West Windsor, N.J.
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro, N.J.
William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, Penn.
PPPL hosts one of 69 regional high school competitions and one of 45 regional middle school competitions, all of which are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The top winners of the regional competitions receive all-expense paid trips to the National Science Bowl® scheduled for April 26-30 in Washington, D.C. The DOE launched its National Science Bowl® competition in 1991 to encourage high school students to excel in science and math and to pursue careers in those fields. The agency introduced the National Science Bowl’s competition for middle school students in 2002. It now involves more than 4,500 students. The National Science Bowl® is the only science competition in the United States sponsored by a federal agency. PPPL Science Education Administrator Deedee Ortiz organized this year’s competitions at PPPL.
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by Princeton University, advances the coupled fields of fusion energy and plasma physics. Fusion is the process that powers the sun and the stars. In the interior of stars, matter is converted into energy by the fusion, or joining, of the nuclei of light atoms to form heavier elements. At PPPL, physicists use a magnetic field to confine plasma. Scientists hope eventually to use fusion energy for the generation of electricity. http://www.pppl.gov/