More than 40 students from Bluefield, Pikeview, River View, Woodrow Wilson and Wyoming East high schools visited Montgomery before the holiday break to compete in the regional Math & Science Bowl at WVU Tech.
On Thursday, November 20, Participating students competed in teams of four, tackling oral math and science questions in a timed, double-elimination tournament. WVU Tech faculty administered competition questions and WVU Tech students volunteered to run the bowl’s new buzzer system, which was paid for by funding from Dow Chemical.
WVU Tech mathematics professor and bowl organizer, Dr. Susan Barton, said the visiting students represented some of the best and brightest young minds in the region.
“These students are ones who are focused on learning math and science. The event gives students a chance to compete academically, to see that students from other high schools also care about their education. It helps focus students on learning in general and not just knowing enough to get an A in a course,” she said.
The team from Woodrow Wilson won the competition, with Pikeview and Wyoming East finishing second and third, respectively. All three teams will move on to compete in the state tournament hosted in Morgantown, West Virginia, this February in the hope of advancing the National Championship held in Washington, D.C. in the spring.