UTPA to host Regional Science Bowl Feb. 21
Posted: 01/27/2009
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The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) will host its Fourth Annual Regional Science Bowl competition Saturday, Feb. 21 in collaboration with the UTPA-SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) Student Chapter.

The science bowl, which is open to middle and high school teams in the Region One Education Service Center area, will start at 8 a.m. in both the Engineering and Science Buildings.

Included in this year's events are a questionnaire session and a number of competitions hosted by SHPE. Student team competitions will include using a circuit board to solve electrical situations; constructing a catapult to determine efficiency of a catapult launch; preparing a poster board presentation to educate people on environmental awareness; and developing a hydrogen fuel cell design.

Edinburg North High School Students are pictured participating in the questionnaire session during last year's Science Bowl.
Last year first place was taken by the Science Academy of South Texas, Edinburg North High School placed second and La Feria High School came in third place. The three teams were recognized and given certificates, but only the winning team received a trip to nationals in Washington, D.C.

Piyush Pathak, a Science Academy senior who participated last year, stated that he has always been interested in science and that a broad base in this subject is basic in today's world.

"The influence of science is very important in today's workforce technology," said the 17-year-old team captain. "Technology is everywhere and in order for us to make progress on what's been accomplished in previous years, we need to be aware of what has happened so far and have a strong base in those subjects."

According to Scott Wiley, a physics teacher at Science Academy who attended last year's event, exposing students to competitions like this one is very important.

"It makes them work harder at school," he said. "Is also shows them that what they are learning has value in the real world."

This year's winning middle and high school teams will also advance to the national event to be held in Washington, D.C. April 30-May 5, 2009.

For more information, contact Rudy Vasquez at 956/381-3361, or login to the following Web sites for registration and other information about this event:

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For more information on this event please log on to: U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl at or U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl Sample Questions at information on the competition for middle school students go to