Braden Anderson has a goal for this year’s Science Bowl team: To get past the first round.
Mesa’s Mountain View High School will once again represent Arizona at the National Science Bowl Competition this weekend in Washington, D.C.
Anderson, a 17-year-old senior, was on the team that traveled to Washington last year and he said he has learned the secret to winning.
"Mostly it taught me it’s all about speed," he said. "That’s the critical part of Science Bowl. When you’re in the heat of the competition, it’s tough to hear the question and before it’s even through, buzz and give the answer." The Science Bowl tests students’ knowledge of biology, chemistry, computer science and math. "The school makes us very well-prepared in those areas," said 18-year-old Parker Heiner, a senior.
Anderson made it a goal this year to get Mountain View back to the nationals. He even recruited a few new members to help him do just that.
It will be the fourth time in six years that Mountain View will compete in the national competition.
This is not everyday science the students are learning. Some of it is knowledge they’ve gained through their classes. Some of it is knowledge they’ve gained while studying the questions all year. Sometimes they just guess.
"Braden’s magic guesses tend to be right," said coach and teacher Anne Edelstein.
The students will start round one against other schools such as Thomas Jefferson High School in Virginia, a science and technology magnet school, and Texas A &M Consolidated High School in College Station. Jefferson won last year’s event.