About 100 high schoolers from across Maine will compete at USM's Gorham campus Saturday, March 4, in the annual Maine Regional Science Bowl.
The competition matches teams against teams in subjects ranging from biology, chemistry, space science, physics and math. The winning team will compete in the National Science Bowl, held from April 27 to May 1 in Washington D.C.
More than 50 volunteers at USM will include faculty, students and people from Westbrook-based IDEXX Laboratories, which is an event sponsor.
The contest will be held in USM's Bailey Hall. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Competition begins at 9:00 a.m., and finals will begin at around 3 p.m.
During the day, students will break up into several rooms, where they will begin question-and-answer competitions. As the day goes on, the competition will narrow down the field until two teams compete for the state title.
Besides traveling to Washington, winning Maine teams have met with several members of Maine's Congressional delegation, including Sen. Susan Collins, said Sanford.
Winners will compete for extraordinary prizes.
The high school team that won last year's national contest received a nine-day, all-expenses-paid science trip to Alaska, where they learned more about glaciology, marine and avian biology, geology and plate tectonics. The second-place high school team at the 2016 NSB won a five-day, fully guided adventure tour of several national parks, which included a whitewater rafting trip.
More than 250,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl in its 25-year history, and it is one of the nation's largest science competitions. More than 14,000 students compete each year.
More information is available on the NSB website: http://www.science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/.