Southern California high schools compete in National Science Bowl

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File photo: The Champions: (L-R) Bryce taylor, Christian johnson, Akhil jariwala and Patrick yang from Green High school in North Carolina listen to a question during the Energy Department's 20th Annual National Science Bowl on May 3, 2010 at the National Building in Washington, DC.

Science whiz kids from 44 states, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are in Washington, D.C. for the National Science Bowl. Southern California is well represented.

Every year, the U.S. Department of Energy hosts a quiz show-style contest for the nation’s top science, math and technology students. Last year, North Hollywood High finished third. This year, the school’s five-member team is looking to take back the national title it won in 2001.

But it will have stiff competition – especially from Arcadia High School. Arcadia finished fourth in last year’s National Science Bowl.

Southern California also has a middle school team in the Bowl this year; LACES – the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies – will compete both in the quiz and in a second contest where students design, build and race model cars that run on hydrogen fuel cells.

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