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CKMS Students Help Win Science Bowl

Two Chief Kanim Middle School students competed on teams that placed first and second in the 2013 Inland Northwest Regional Science Bowl, at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington on March 2.

The CKMS students -- Rahul Chaliparambil and Vishnu Rathnam (pictured left to right below) -- participated as part of Science Infinity Club, with teammates from other Redmond/Bellevue schools. Chaliparambil's team earned second place in the competition among 26 five-person teams (about 125 students). Rathnam was on the first-place team that has been invited to participate in the US Department of Energy's National Science Bowl in Washington DC, where they will join more than 77 regional team winners, on April 25-29, 2013.

At the recent March 2nd competition, middle school teams across Washington and north Idaho competed for the regional title. Many of these teams spent months preparing for this regional event, which features head-to-head fast-paced, buzzer style competition similar to Jeopardy. The students competed to be the first to answer questions on all science disciplines including astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, mathematics and physics, as well as energy. From 9:00 am to 4:45 pm, the competition was a series of 13 rounds of 20-25 minute quizzes with 5-10 minutes to run to the next room where the next room begins.

"Vishnu tells me that his regular classes and the online physical science course helped him with many of the questions," shared Vishnu's father in an email to Chief Kanim Principal Kirk Dunckel. "Thank you so much for the great foundation in both Science and Math that you are providing students."

The Department of Energy (DOE) created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. More than 225,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its 22 year history, and it is one of the nation's largest science competitions. Find more details on the National Science Bowl.

Best of luck to these young scientists as they represent our state!

In related news... Learn about a first-time "You Be the Chemist Challenge" event for students in grades 5-8, coming to our district in April.