WHAT: For the 24th year, students will compete in the National Science Bowl Regional Competition, to be held Saturday, Jan. 30, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The event uses a fast-paced, game-show format. Students on 24 teams will hit a buzzer to score points on questions at the college freshman level. No calculators or notes are allowed. Questions cover topics in Earth and space sciences, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics and math. Each team includes four students, one alternate and a coach. The winning team will compete in the National Science Bowl finals in Washington, which will be held April 28-May 2.
The goal of the National Science Bowl is to encourage students to pursue careers in science and math. The U.S. Department of Energy started the event in 1991.

WHO: Student teams from 24 southern California high schools (full list of schools on next page). Mars Exploration Project Manager John Callas will give some remarks and present the awards.

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 30, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Final matches begin at about 3:30 p.m., with awards handed out starting at about 4 p.m.

WHERE: JPL, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, California 91109. JPL is located off the Berkshire/Oak Grove Drive exit of the 210 (Foothill) Freeway. Visitor parking is to the left (west) of the JPL main guard gate, across the street from the JPL Visitor Center.

Reporters who would like to cover the event at JPL must arrange access in advance by contacting Elizabeth Landau in the JPL Media Relations Office by noon on Friday, Jan. 30, at 818-354-6425 or elizabeth.landau@jpl.nasa.gov.

More information about the National Science Bowl is at:


Schools Competing in the 2016 Science Bowl

Crescenta Valley High School
Oxford Academy
Xavier College Prep High School
Palos Verdes High School
Mark Keppel High School
Dos Pueblos High School
Huntington Beach High School
John Marshall Fundamental
Santa Monica High School
Walnut High School
Fairmont Preparatory Academy
Temple City High School
Woodbridge High School
La Canada High School
Palos Verdes Peninsula High School
Villa Park High School
Clark Magnet High School
AGBU High School
West Ranch High School
South Hills High School
Troy High School
Northwood High School
Maranatha High School
Hoover High School