EPCC Science Bowl showcases students' genius

February 13, 2018

On Feb. 10 at the Valle Verde campus, the Science Bowl took place in the A building. 
 

 

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The Valle Verde campus Science Bowl, which was composed

of two teams, had an array of science related questions.

 

The Science Bowl is a middle school and high school competition but in El Paso, they only host it on the highschool level. Plans to extend the competition to middle school, is in the works.


The two teams that competed this year were Valle Verde (Team A) and the Northwest campus (Team B). 
Valle Verde (Team A) came out victorious after shutting out Northwest (Team B) 42-0. 


“The Science Bowl is a Jeopardy style competition and it’s a combination of math, science, engineering, physics, astronomy, renewable energy, biology and geology,” Mendoza said.This is a yearly event held by EPCC that has been going on for 11 years so far. 


Gabriel Mendoza, mathematics instructor, described what the Science Bowl is and the types of questions given from different related subjects as the event goes along. 


“You get five players, four get to participate and then at halftime you get to switch one of your players,” Mendoza said. 


“All four players from both teams have a buzzer to buzz in an answer. The way it works is simple.

 

If one team buzzes in and doesn’t get the answer right, the other team has an opportunity to get the correct answer.

 

If both teams don’t guess the correct answer, the person asking the questions will then give the correct answer then move on to the next question.”


Whomever wins the competition is given the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. with all expenses paid for.

 

That includes lodging, airfare, buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner and they get to visit local congressman, Will Hurd. 


The winning team will also get the opportunity to walk through the National Mall and explore all of the Smithsonian museums.

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