More than 48 teams representing high schools from across Maryland will compete in the Maryland Science Bowl this Saturday, January 14, at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus.

Teams of high school students will participate in a fast-paced quiz competition with questions on biology, chemistry, earth and space science, energy, mathematics and physics. The winning team will represent the state at the 27th Annual National Science Bowl Competition sponsored by the U. S. Department of Energy later this year. In 2016, a team from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, won the National Science Bowl, the first time a Maryland high school has won the national championship since 1999.

In addition to the competition, participants will hear from professionals working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This year’s featured speakers are Ms. Phyllis Pouyat-Thibodeau, a leadership development professional and certified executive career coach from the School for International Training/World Learning, Inc., and Dr. Richard Pouyat, national program leader for bioclimatology at the U.S. Forest Service.

Montgomery County Council Education Committee Chair Craig Rice and WGL Vice President of Construction, Compliance and Safety Tracy Townsend are also scheduled to make remarks to competitors.

The 2017 Maryland Science Bowl is supported by WGL, presenting sponsor, and QIAGEN. Approximately 125 volunteers from the College, area companies, and organizations serve as match officials or assist with set-up and tear-down activities.

“Montgomery College is pleased to partner with Montgomery County Public Schools to support the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators,” said Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, president of Montgomery College. “And, we are so thankful for the support of WGL and QIAGEN and the many members of the community who help make the Maryland Science Bowl possible.”

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with opening remarks on the College’s Rockville Campus, located at 51 Mannakee Street. The competition starts at 9:15 a.m.; closing ceremonies are at 5:30 p.m.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.

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