The 2017 Western Idaho Middle School Regional Science Bowl was held Jan. 28 in nine classrooms in the Engineering Building and the Micron Engineering Center. More than 100 sixth- to eighth-grade students from 16 teams competed in the Jeopardy-style quiz game. Students had to answer STEM questions and problems lightening-fast to earn points.
Former astronaut Steve Swanson (now a Boise State distinguished educator in residence) welcomed the standing-room-only crowd with exclusive video from space, and Steve Shropshire, a physics professor at Idaho State University, entertained with hands-on electromagnetism demonstrations in the afternoon.
All competitors received T-shirts, medals, lunch at the Boise River Cafe, snacks and a shot at attending the National Science Bowl in Washington D.C. April 27-May 1.
The regional winner was Hillside Junior High (Boise) with a clean sweep of the morning round-robin and afternoon double-elimination events. Second place went to last year’s winner, Lincoln Middle School (Pullman, Washington). Third place went to Treasure Valley Math and Science Center (Boise). The sportsmanship trophy went to Syringa Middle School (Caldwell).
This is the sixth year for this official regional competition for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Science Bowl. Financial sponsors are HP Inc., Micron Technology Foundation and Idaho Power. Event coordinator is Mark Anderson, a lecturer in Boise State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with the help of the ECE Department and the College of Engineering. The Micron Foundation provided registration and coordination of the more than 55 highly trained volunteers required to run this all-day academic competition.