Before most students arrive on campus at SMS on Late Start Wednesdays, the Science Bowl Club is busy transforming Mrs. Weller’s science room into a miniature Science Bowl arena, where they practice answering rapid-fire science questions from parent volunteers for an hour straight, all before their regular school day starts.
Buzzers in hand, they answer questions ranging from life science and physical science to earth and space science, energy, and mathematics. The primary goal of the club is to compete in the Regional and National Science Bowl, a highly competitive science education and academic event among teams of high school and middle school students who compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math.
Each team is composed of four students, one alternate student, and a coach. SMS had two teams and went up against local teams including Harker Academy, Cupertino Middle, and Joaquin Miller Middle. SMS’s Team 2 was successful in beating each team until the final round before losing to Joaquin Miller Middle School.
“It was a real nail-biter,” said parent Lakshmi Arunkumar. “But they persevered. We are very proud.”
Regional science bowl championship teams receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete at the national event. High school and middle school teams travel to Washington, D.C. in April. SMS hopes to accomplish this next year.
“A lot of hard work was put in by the students and they had great help from Parent Coaches: Carol Gao, Meemee Ferolito, and Yogita Parekular who have been holding extra practice sessions on our late start Wednesdays, after school, and over our winter break,” Weller said. “They are great examples of SMS Parent Power!”
“This year was a record-breaking year in many respects,” said eighth grader Shishir Iyer. “For one thing, we won second place for the first time. Not only that, but a lot of the matches were very close races, especially in the later rounds. We were in the lower bracket and we made it all the way from the lower bracket to second place.”