Teams from Fresno's Edison Computech Middle School and 47 other schools across the nation competed Saturday in the National Science Bowl. The national champion will be named Monday.
Teams of four or five middle school students face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer competition, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, astronomy and math. The field will be narrowed by a series of double-elimination rounds on Saturday, and the top two teams will compete for the championship on Monday.
The top 16 teams named Saturday afternoon included three from California: Bret Harte Middle School in San Jose, Hopkins Junior High School in Fremont and the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies in Los Angeles.
The top eight middle school teams in the academic competition will each receive $1,000 for their schools' science departments and the top three teams will receive trophies and individual medals.
In addition to the academic competition, middle school teams will compete in an electric car competition, where they race electric model cars they have designed and built. The team with the fastest car and the team judged to have the best engineering design each will win $500 for their schools' science departments and the three teams with the fastest cars will receive trophies.
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