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High School Teams from Across Maryland to Compete in Maryland Science Bowl at Montgomery College Saturday
Montgomery County Council President Hans Riemer to Deliver Remarks at Event

More than 48 teams representing dozens of high schools from eight Maryland jurisdictions and Washington, DC will compete in the Maryland Science Bowl this Saturday, January 13, 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 28th Annual National Science Bowl Competition sponsored by the U. S. Department of Energy on April 26-30 in Washington, DC. 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.

Montgomery Blair repeated as the Maryland Regional Champion in 2017. The team was very competitive at the National Competition advancing from the round robin competition to the elimination round of 16 teams. The 2017 Maryland Champion team from Blair placed ninth in the National Science Bowl that featured 68 high school regional champion teams.

After opening words by Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Sanjay Rai, Montgomery County Council President Hans Riemer is scheduled to deliver remarks to competitors.

“I’m excited to be a part of this year’s Maryland High School Science Bowl Competition, supporting STEM based education in Montgomery County” said Council President Hans Riemer. “For several years I have worked hard to increase County investments in new approaches to STEM and ‘maker’ learning and I am looking forward to seeing what these highly talented teams will bring to this year’s competition.”

Mr. Adrian Chapman, Washington Gas president and COO will be this year’s key note speaker. In addition, participants will hear from professionals working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The guest 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.

The 2018 Maryland Science Bowl is supported by WGL, presenting sponsor, QIAGEN, AoPS Academy, and the Montgomery College Chemical and Biological Sciences unit. 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 delighted welcome the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators to the Maryland Science Bowl on our Rockville Campus,” said Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, MC president. The College is grateful for the support of the business community which has invested generously in this event. We are also pleased that County Council President Hans Riemer will be participating on behalf of our local government.”

The MC Swarmathon robotics team plans to provide a talk in the afternoon and an outdoor demonstration, weather permitting. In April, the team won the prestigious Swarmathon NASA competition.

The event begins at 7 a.m. in the Rockville Campus’ Theatre Arts Arena, 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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