Commack Middle School Wins Regional Science Bowl

Students from Commack Middle School placed first in the Regional Science Bowl at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. Commack’s “team one” narrowly won out over R.C. Murphy Junior High School’s “team one” during the March 3 competition’s tense final round. Students from 11 Long Island middle schools participated in the fast-paced question-and-answer tournament designed to test students’ knowledge of mathematics, life sciences, physical sciences, earth sciences, and general science.

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With their coach, Charles Regulinski (far left), and assistant coach, Joe Lena (far right), are the Commack Middle School students who won the Regional Science Bowl at Brookhaven National Laboratory: (from left) Vignesh Gunasekaran, David Li, Joseph Schmitz, Mehtaab Sawhney and Ryan von Hof.

The competition was sponsored by Brookhaven Science Associates, the company that manages and operates the Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Longwood Junior High School’s “team two” and Hunter College High School’s “team two” came in third and fourth place, respectively.

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With their coach, Kobir Gupta, are the Lawrence Middle School students who won the 2012 Electric Car Challenge at the Regional Science Bowl at Brookhaven National Laboratory: (from left) Frank Gargano, Brandon Brumm, Serge Byakov, Danielle Grushkovskiy and Jeremy Rampersaud.

The day’s activities also included a riveting model electric car challenge, wherein students raced cars they constructed on mini raceways. Lawrence Middle School placed first, with its car speeding down the track in 5.03 seconds. Our Lady of the Hamptons Regional Catholic School placed second, with its car completing its run in 5.25 seconds. Bellport Middle School placed third, with a time of 5.50 seconds. R.C. Murphy Junior High School “team three” was awarded for “Best Car Design.”

For the academic champions, the competition continues. As regional champions, the Commack Middle School team moves on to the National Science Bowl™ coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, to be held in Washington, D.C., from April 26 – 30, 2012.

Each student on the winning teams received a medal, and each winning academic team received a trophy for its school.

By taking part in the “Jeopardy”-style academic contest and model electric car challenge, students are encouraged to excel in science and math and to pursue careers in those fields.

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