A team from Lesher Middle School in Fort Collins won Saturday’s regional competition of the National Science Bowl, established by the U.S. Department of Energy in order to promote math and science to younger generations.
This year, teams from two middle schools in Greeley — University Schools and Franklin Middle School — as well as Windsor Middle School and Severance Middle School competed but did not finish among the top eight teams.
Students had to answer difficult math and science questions in a fast-paced question and answer format.
“It was a good learning experience and the kids had fun,” said Christina Sutter, coach of the Severance team.
Ruth Brunner, coach of Windsor Middle School’s team, felt much the same way.
“We were pleased. The teams who won just had more experience,” Brunner said.
Eric Buxman, the coach of the University Schools team, added, “It was a great experience. The kids had a lot of fun and got to meet kids from other schools.”
Karen Giesler, the coach of Franklin’s teams, agreed.
“It was really fun and really well organized,” Giesler said. “Our kids were a bit nervous because it was their first time there but they had a really good time.”
Weld County teams didn’t win but they didn’t leave empty handed either. Certificates, shirts and water bottles are given out to all competitors.
The coaches consider this year’s competition a learning experience.
“We have a better understanding of how to prepare for next year,” Sutter said. “I definitely want to do this again and all the kids have said that they want to do it again, too.”
Brunner added, “We definitely want to do this again and we are planning to combine it with the Brain Bowl next year so we can maximize the amount of practice the teams get.”
Added Buxman, “I hope to do this again. If kids are interested we will do it again.”
It won’t be the same kids at University Schools next year, though. Buxman’s team consisted of all eighth graders who will have moved on to high school next year.
“The seventh graders want to enter again next year,” said Giesler, “and some of the eighth graders, who will be in ninth grade by then, want to come back and help coach.”
The Lesher Middle School team advanced to the national competition, which is to be held in Washington D.C. in April.