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ACADEMIC COMPETITORS DUEL IN NEW JERSEY REGIONAL COMPETITION OF THE NATIONAL SCIENCE BOWL

 PLAINSBORO, N.J., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Academic competitors will face each other in the first-ever New Jersey Regional Competition of the National Science Bowl on Saturday, March 6, at the Judd Elementary School in North Brunswick, N.J., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 Sixteen teams comprised of high school students from New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and Connecticut will participate. The winning team will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Third Annual National Science Bowl April 16-19.
 The Science Bowl will enable students who excel in the sciences to compete against and be recognized and rewarded in much the same way young athletes are for their achievements in sports. The competitions are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Cray Research Foundation. The New Jersey Regional Competition is being organized by the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).
 Secretary of Energy Hazel O'Leary stated, "I am proud and pleased that the Department of Energy is involved in mathematics, engineering, science and technology education programs such as the National Science Bowl. Clearly, education is the key to the future. If our country is to remain at the world's forefront of technological development and economic prosperity, all of America's youth must be inspired to excel in math and science."
 Said Bill Davis, a software engineer at PPPL and the organizer of the New Jersey competition, "I am very excited by the general principle that just like kids in sports, kids in academics can be motivated and taught to work harder by competition and recognition for their achievements. Like a lot of people, I've complained about the state of math and science education in this country and this gives me the opportunity to do something to help, however small."
 High school teams that will compete in the N.J. Regional Competition include: Carteret High School, Carteret, N.J.; Council Rock High School, Newtown, Pa.,; East Brunswick High School, East Brunswick, N.J.; Edison High School, Edison, N.J.; Ewing High School, Ewing, N.J.; Greenwich High School, Greenwich, Conn.; Highland Regional High School, Blackwood, N.J.; J.P. Stephens High School, Edison, N.J.; Montgomery High School, Montgomery, N.J.; Neshaminy High School, Neshaminy, Pa.; Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood, N.J.; Rutgers Prep School, Somerset, N.J.; South Brunswick High School, South Brunswick, N.J.; Stuart Country Day School, Princeton, N.J.; Union High School, Millburn, N.J.; and West Windsor-Plainsboro High School, West Windsor, N.J.
 Each team consists of four students, a student alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. The format is a double- elimination tournament. The students answer questions in biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, mathematics, and earth and computer sciences. The questions are multiple choice or short answer; they have been made up by scientists from across the country and verified by the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.
 Along with national recognition, the winners and finalists of the National Science Bowl are awarded prizes such as foreign and domestic science trips, school link-ups to the National High School Supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, computer hardware and software, and teacher scholarships.
 The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is engaged in the development of magnetic fusion energy as an inexhaustible, safe and environmentally sound means of generating electricity to meet our long- term energy needs. The laboratory has a wide range of educational programs for students and teachers for precollege through graduate levels. The laboratory is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and is operated by Princeton University. PPPL is located on the James Forrestal Campus of Princeton University.
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 /CONTACT: Anthony R. DeMeo, 609-243-2750, or Carol A. Phillips, 609-243-2754, both of PPPL/


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