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November 25, 2020 Wednesday 11:56:25 AM IST

Second annual MIT Science Bowl Invitational takes virtual format

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The second annual MIT Science Bowl Invitational was held online on Nov. 7. 192 high school students logged in to their computers for the event. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, the event took on a completely virtual format, enabling 40 high school teams — almost twice as many teams as attended last year — to join in on the fun. Teams registered from locations as far as California and Hawaii. For the first time, the organizers spent six weeks writing all of the competition’s questions, including many about current research at MIT. Ten MIT students organized and planned this fall’s high school invitational. Last year’s inaugural invitational welcomed 24 teams, mostly from the Northeast, to MIT’s campus. Adajar expected about the same number to register this year. However, the virtual format led to an explosion of interest from across the country.

The MIT Science Bowl Club also organizes a regional competition for middle schoolers every spring. Part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s national competition, winners of the Northeast Regional Science Bowl proceed to the annual National Science Bowl competition. While the middle school science bowl is coming up on its sixth year at MIT, last year was the first time the club hosted their informal 24-team high school invitational event on campus.

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