MARCH 24, 1997
The WHS science team includes (left to right) coach Larry Gulberg, Matt Brobak, Eric Carlson, John Pyles, Marc Vrana, and Craig Wolfe.
Photo by Deborah Stone/Northwest News.
by Deborah Stone
"What is the range, in parts per million, that the concentration of carbon dioxide exists in the atmosphere?" Answering questions like this helped earn a fourth place finish for the Woodinville High School Science Team at the Regional High School Science Bowl in Portland on March 8th.
The event, sponsored by the Bonneville Power Administration, involved 76 teams of students from Washington and Oregon in a competition of wits in math and science. The format is similar to the TV quiz show Jeopardy, where a question is read to two four-person teams and the first person to buzz in gets to give the answer. If he or she is correct, then the team gets a bonus question. The rounds last sixteen minutes and 20-40 questions relating to science (biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, earth science, astronomy, or general science) are asked.
The competition is designed to show support and raise visibility for students in science and math and generate excitement for these fields. Last year, WHS's team placed first at the event and went to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Science Bowl. This year, the team defeated numerous other teams, but lost close matches to the eventual third and second place teams, finishing fourth overall. They took home team and individual trophies and a business mapping software kit for the school.
Team members were: seniors Matt Brobak, Eric Carlson, and John Pyles, and juniors Marc Vrana and Craig Wolfe. They were coached by WHS Chemistry teacher Larry Gulberg, a veteran science instructor for the past 24 years. The students are selected on the basis of their practice times and have quick recall and problem-solving skills.
Coach Gulberg was very pleased with the results of this year's bowl. He said, "We had a well-balanced team where everybody contributed, not just one or two guys. It's great when everybody's involved and it's a complete effort."