Preparation for the academic competition was equally time-consuming.
"They are all prepared by the coursework that they prepare in the schools," said Tony Reed, Department of Energy liaison for the National Science Bowl. "They get together as groups in their study teams and they practice throwing questions at each other."
Reed said the Jeopardy-style competition takes a lot of focus.
"It's really exciting," said Reed.
The winning teams will go on to compete at the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., from April 30 to May 5.
"We want to make sure we try to get as many kids in the middle school " boys and girls " interested in math and science so that they follow those paths in high school," said Reed. "You need more and more students to do that. This competition is right up their alley and they really seem to enjoy it."
More than 500 people participated in the event, from General Electric volunteers to students and coaches. It was co-sponsored by the GE Global Research Center and Knoll's Atomic Power Lab.""