Mountain View High School’s National Science Bowl team again failed to make the final round of competition at the National Science Bowl competition, which ended Monday.
But the five students did improve the Mesa school’s showing over last year in what proved a more difficult tournament with considerably fewer multiple-choice questions, teacher and coach Anne Edelstein said.
"It was a lot more difficult, and we got a lot farther," she said. "We really did
Mountain View’s team, the only one from Arizona, consisted of seniors Braden Anderson, Parker Heiner, Grant Penrod and Kevin Teeling, and junior Sean Cooke.
This team was one of three Edelstein took to the regional competition, and it triumphed over teams from central and northern Arizona.
In the nationals, the students won four of the six rounds they played this year, as opposed to two of six last year, Edelstein said. Teams that don’t take one of the top 18 slots don’t find out how they did compared with the others.
The U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored competition was at the National 4-H center in Chevy Chase, Md. Students on 64 teams from 36 states answered increasingly difficult questions in the fields of biology, physics, chemistry, natural sciences, astronomy and mathematics.
Mountain View also was one of 10 teams randomly selected Saturday to take part in the event’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model Car Challenge, but the team did not place in that race.
This is the second year Mountain View has participated in the Science Bowl, which began in 1991. This year’s winning team came from the Thomas Jefferson High School of Mathematics and Science in Alexandria, Va.