Lux heads to National Science Bowl, other LPS schools place at regionals

Five middle school teams represented Lincoln Public Schools on Saturday in the regional U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl Competition at Wayne State College. Lux Middle School won the regional and will head to National Competition at the end of April.

“Our students learned about hard work, dedication and teamwork,” commented Luke Luxford, Lux science teacher. “Our students were dedicated to learning and reading as much science as they could since November in preparation for Saturday's event.”

The Lux Middle School team consists of five eighth grade students. Luxford credited their friendship for the win.

“This helps with teamwork and respect for the other members of the team. They have done such a great job of working together and helping each other grow in their science and math knowledge.  I am so proud of them all.”

Other LPS schools participating included two teams from Mickle Middle School, a team from Schoo Middle School, and a team from Goodrich Middle School. The Mickle Blue team placed third, and Schoo placed 4th.

Goodrich Middle School science teacher Craig Little said, “Science Bowl is a great experience for our students. It teaches them how to work together on a team to solve problems, which is a great skill to have for the workplace.”

Science teacher Katie Hammond at Mickle Middle School said her students could be heard saying it gave them a reason to be competitive without needing athletic ability.

She added, “Science Quiz Bowl gave our students the opportunity to educate themselves on content beyond the curriculum. This type of competition prepares students for high school by giving them more in depth knowledge about science topics.”

LPS science curriculum coordinator James Blake said, “The Science Curriculum Department is proud of all of the LPS schools who competed, because of all of the effort that went in for preparations and the competition on Saturday.  We wish Lux the best as they go on to represent Nebraska and Lincoln Public Schools at nationals!”

Published: February 6, 2017, Updated: February 6, 2017