Pictured are Colin Powell Middle School seventh-grade math teacher Kim Gamble, students Damola Ola’Buraimo, Dimetri Lucas, Dimeji Ola’Buraimo, Eric Perkins and Armanti Reed and Sue Hokkanen. | Supplied photo
Updated: April 3, 2014 6:15AM
Participating in the event for the first time, the science team at Colin Powell Middle School in Matteson came in fourth place in the recent National Middle School Science Bowl regional held at Argonne National Laboratory for the northern Illinois region, according to a press release from Elementary School District 159.
The region includes Cook, Lake, DuPage, Will, Kane and Grundy counties.
The National Science Bowl is made up of two team competitions: an academic and a model electric car challenge, the release said.
The Academic Science Bowl is a competition in which teams compete in a fast-paced, Jeopardy-style environment to answer questions on math and science concepts. In this year’s academic competition, 17 middle school teams from across the region competed. The Colin Powell science team was the only first-year team in the top five, according to the release.
The team members are eighth-graders Dimetri Lucas (the captain), Dimeji Ola-Buraimo, Damola Ola-Buraimo and Eric Perkins, and seventh-grader Armanti Reed.
The teacher mentors for the science team are seventh-grade science teacher Susanne Hokkanen and seventh-grade math teacher Kimberly Gamble.
The competition was held Feb. 7 and 8. The sponsors for the competition are Argonne National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy.