Local high school students are testing their math and science skills this week at the Eastern Idaho Science Bowl; which is sponsored by the Idaho National Laboratory.
There are 17 high school teams that are competing this year from eastern Idaho.
This is the 23rd year of the Eastern Idaho Science Bowl.
Winners will advance to the National Science Bowl in Washington D.C. to compete against 67 other high schools from around the United States.
“Today our competition basically features a lot of questions, short answer questions, ones they can answer in about 10 seconds though the matches go pretty quick, pretty fast pace, it makes it fun to play as well as to watch these matches” said Eastern Idaho Science Bowl Director Steve Zollinger.
“This is my first year doing it and I’ve really only done it two or three times, so to compete here where it’s actually more strict not as laid back as earlier, it’s a lot different but it’s really fun” said Blackfoot High School Junior Justin Curlee.
“It’s a lot of fun but it’s really challenging and these questions are hard and I honestly don’t know a lot of them” said Skyline High School Senior Esther Oloff.
The questions the students are asked are math and science related.
Some are multiple choice, some are short answer but all are challenging.
“Many of them have levels of freshman or sophomore college level difficulty and so there’s students are all in high school, they’re pretty challenging questions for them so when you get up into the 70s and 80s and even 100 points, teams have done really well” continued Zollinger.
This competition is free for the schools that participate in it. Trophies will be handed out at the end.
The winners of the small high schools and the larger high schools will get together one more time to compete and crown the champion.
The national champions that come out on top in Washington D.C. will get to choose two or three educational trips they can take around the world and around the United States.