Competitors included middle schools from Kingsport and Sullivan County.
In addition to a $300 cash prize and plaque, the winning team is eligible to attend the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl Finals this spring in Washington, D.C.
Cedar Springs Home School Team 1 won second place, taking home a $200 cash prize and plaque. A second team from Farragut took third place and a $100 cash prize and plaque.
Sponsored by the Eastman Foundation, the competition brought together 26 teams representing 16 schools across the state. Students put their skills to the test in the areas of astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, general science and mathematics.
Schools represented this year were Sullivan County’s Blountville Middle and Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee; Kingsport’s Sevier and Robinson; the Memphis Academy of Science Engineering; Cedar Springs Home School; Oliver Springs Middle; Sevierville Middle; Signal Mountain Middle; Concord Christian School; Creative Learning Academy; Jefferson Middle; Maryville Junior High; Farragut Middle; Webb School of Knoxville; and Cedar Bluff Middle.
In addition to preparing the students for national competition, the event encouraged the pursuit of educational and career paths in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), a key focus for education at Eastman.
Additional participating sponsors included Dobyns-Bennett High School, Adams Elementary, STREAMWORKS Powered by Eastman, the America Society of Chemical Engineers East Tennessee Section, East Tennessee State University, Food City and Milligan College.