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Pantex Regional Middle School Science Bowl encourages STEM

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to be able to compete in the Pantex Regional Middle School Science Bowl (ABC 7 Amarillo - Morgan Burrell).

Teams of middle school students from across the Panhandle spent their Saturday morning on Feb. 9 in a fast-paced, quiz-style tournament.

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to be able to compete in the Pantex Regional Middle School Science Bowl.

"It is a competition like no other, and the kids come and compete against one another in a game show style," said Darla Fish, the regional coordinator for the event.

The students who competed on Saturday are interested in STEM: science, technology, engineering and math.

"It just is the best and brightest of our Panhandle area," said Fish.

Takami Ng, the mother of one of Saturday's competitors, said she loves to watch her daughter compete in this event.

"It's a really, really neat experience for middle schoolers. Yes, and very competitive, intense," said Ng.

Ng said her daughter had been working hard to get here, studying a lot.

"She has a group of teachers and then the parents help out, so they use the lunch time to do questions and learn about things as extra," said Ng.

The tournament was held at West Texas A&M University and once the doors to each room were shut, the students were prohibited from using their phones or notes to help them find the answers to questions.

"The middle school kids are answering questions that are high school level," said Fish. "It is amazing to watch these students and how how quick they can come up with these answers.

Saturday's first-place winner will get an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. where they will compete in nationals.

Results

1st place-Ascension Academy, Team Red, $1,000 dollars to the school, all expense paid trip to National Science Bowl in Washington D.C.

2nd place-Crockett Middle School, Team Black. $500 check to the school.

3rd place-Ascension Academy, Team Gold, $250 check to the school.

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