SCIENCE BOWL TEAM MEMBERS: Front, left to right — Jordyn Bryant, Addison Hill, Adam Anderson, Josh Files and Samara Sims; back, left to right — Kassey Worchester, Kiah Means, John Sutter, Talon Harmon, Zach Smith and coach Don White. (Staff photo by Steve Dickerson)
SCIENCE BOWL TEAM MEMBERS: Front, left to right — Jordyn Bryant, Addison Hill, Adam Anderson, Josh Files and Samara Sims; back, left to right — Kassey Worchester, Kiah Means, John Sutter, Talon Harmon, Zach Smith and coach Don White. (Staff photo by Steve Dickerson)
The Southwestern Middle School Science Bowl team placed second overall in the statewide science competition this year. The team missed first place by only one point.

The competition is split into three rounds: a team round where everyone on the team answers 15-20 questions online; an individual round that involves four team members taking four separate tests; and an experimentation round where judges ask the teams questions about experiments they did before the competition.

"Every year there are some things that show up on the test it seems," said coach and middle school science teacher Don White. "Every year they have several standards they focus on that they send us ahead of time."

White said that most of the time, practice involves getting his team of 10 to work together as a team.

"When you get a question and you have three or four kids who think the answer is one thing and a few kids who think the answer is something else, trying to get kids to discuss why they think that is instead of just, the loudest guy wins is the key," White said. "This year it was a piece of cake. I had ten kids on the team and I didn't' really have to do anything to get them to work together. They're just nice kids who have a lot of fun together. It was a blast this year."

The science bowl is put on by Purdue University and is held online, so students don't have to travel to a competition site. This is the third time Southwestern's team has placed in the top three in competition and the school has always placed in the top ten.