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LACES will go to Washington for National Science Bowl

February 1, 2012 | 11:53 am

Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, a highly ranked magnet middle school, has won a regional science bowl, enabling students from the school to take part in the National Science Bowl in Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy announced.

On Saturday, the Mid-City school beat out 16 other California teams in the fast-paced game-show-style quizzing in which they solve technical problems and answer math and science questions. The students will go on to an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Finals in April in Washington.

The students were among 9,000 high school and 4,500 middle school students competing in 69 high school and 45 middle school regional competitions.

It is the 22nd year the U.S. Department of Energy has sponsored the science bowl, which is designed to encourage students to pursue math and sciences.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in a statement that the students are "some of America's future leaders in the science, technology, engineering and math fields," adding that the program will help ensure that "America stays competitive in a rapidly advancing world."

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-- Rick Rojas

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