WAYNE – In February, teams of young scientists from all over Nebraska normally gather at Wayne State College for the Nebraska Science Bowl. Recently, the Nebraska Middle School Science Bowl was conducted this past weekend virtually.
The first Saturday in February features middle school teams and coaches as the Wayne Junior High team tied for 11th out of the 28 schools.
The Nebraska Middle School Science Bowl was held virtually on Saturday, February 6 and coordinated by Wayne State College professor Dr. Todd Young. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The Wayne team of five students in seventh and eighth grade competed in three rounds of questions in the categories of earth and space, physical science, life science, math and energy. The Wayne team made it past the first cut into the elimination round.
The Wayne Junior High team was made up of Aidan Bohnert, Gavin Anderson, Johen Piper, Yama Kantai and Josie Ley. The team was also coached by science teacher Jeanne Brink and volunteer Sandy Brown.
Moore Middle School of Lincoln won the Middle School portion of the Nebraska Science Bowl this past weekend followed by McMillan Magnet of Omaha and the Millard North Middle School.
Wayne State College will next host the Nebraska High School Science Bowl this Saturday, February 13 with the winner earning a chance to compete at the national level.
There’ll be 19 teams representing nine high schools with Wayne High submitting one team.
The goal of the Nebraska Science Bowls, as well as the National Science Bowl, is to encourage students to excel in science and mathematics. Many of these students will continue their education beyond high school and will have a career in an area of science and mathematics.