Renfroe Middle School, located in Decatur, will become the first middle school from Georgia to compete in the National Science Bowl in Washington D.C., April 26-30. Four young students earned their spot by winning the Georgia Middle School Science Bowl on January 21, at Woodstock High School, an event coordinated by Armstrong Atlantic State University physics professor Donna Mullenax.
The Renfroe Middle School Science Bowl Team (left to right)—Corbin Rainbolt, Evan Goode, Alan Adams, Nathaniel Wolf and Chris Goode (coach).
The Science Bowl is a Jeopardy-style academic competition focusing on earth, space, physical and life sciences, as well as mathematics. Teams, which consist of four to five students, fight back nerves and beat the clock while competing, with only five seconds to answer each question.
The United States Department of Energy hosts the National Science Bowl and will fund the trip for the Renfroe four. Once in D.C., these bright minds will interact with other students from across the country, compete in hands-on team events and meet with the top mathematicians and scientists in the country.
Georgia hosts a middle school and high school science bowl, and both tournaments are open to public and private schools, as well as home school groups. Armstrong Atlantic State University is the host institution for the Georgia Science Bowl.