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Congratulations to the 2018 Sunnyvale Middle School Science Bowl Team for their third place win!

SMS students take a breath after an intense round of questions

Sunnyvale Middle School’s Science Bowl Club went head-to-head with 24 teams in the Bay Area Regional Science Bowl Competition on February 24 and brought home another trophy for the school!

They battled other middle school students from Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties. SMS had two teams and went up against local teams including Harker Academy, Cupertino Middle, and Joaquin Miller Middle. SMS’s Team 1 finished third place.

The Science Bowl Club was founded four years ago with the primary purpose of competing in the Regional and National Science Bowl, a highly competitive science education and academic event among teams of high school and middle school who compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math.SMS Science Bowl Team holds third place trophy in the air

“Through teamwork, extra practice sessions and sportsmanship our Science Bowl Teams demonstrated what Spartan Spirit is all about!” said Dustin Umberger, SMS Science Bowl advisor.

Umberger wanted to give a shout to Team 1, which consisted of Hannah, Roshni, Michael, Raymond and Cameron and Team2, which included David, Kerem, Preethi, William,  and Jay.

The club practices in the morning on late start Wednesdays, answering rapid-fire science questions from parent volunteers for an hour straight, all before their regular school day starts. They answer questions ranging from life science and physical science to earth and space science, energy, and mathematics.

Some questions this year asked students what the duodenum is and to identify all of the four processes that primarily move energy in the sun.

Umberger wanted to give special thanks to the club’s High School Alum who have mentored this year’s teams: Gilbert Feng, Daniel Wehbeh, Shishir Iyer, and Claire Chen.

“More thanks to our Parent Coaches Carol Gao and Angela Hixson for their extra time and encouragement of our teams and special kudos to the SMS PTSA for supporting our teams with the purchase of a buzzer system for club practice sessions,” Umberger said. “We are proud to have such enthusiastic and talented team members, and a club that continues to grow each year as we continue building a strong community of science lovers!”


Article was written by Ms. Rose Weller and Mr. Dustin Umberger, SMS Science Bowl advisors 2017-18.

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