“Team A” from Appleton (Wis.) West High School won the Wisconsin regional championship in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Science Bowl® for high school students held January 25 at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). The team now advances to Washington, D.C., to compete against 69 other regional winners at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl® from April 24-28.

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Catholic Memorial High School of Waukesha, Wis., took second place and Marshfield (Wis.) High School finished in third place.

A total of sixteen teams of high school science and math students from Wisconsin competed. Many of these teams spent months preparing for the National Science Bowl’s regional competition, which features head-to-head competition in a fast-paced question and answer format similar to the popular television game show, “Jeopardy.” The students were quizzed on all science disciplines including biology, chemistry, earth and science, physics and astronomy, as well as math. Most questions are so challenging many scientists would have trouble finding an answer.

The DOE created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. More than 225,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

MSOE’s Cyber Raiders Org for Networking (CRON) team won the Wisconsin Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) in February, earning them a chance to compete in the Midwest Regional CCDC on March 28-29 and potentially advance to the national championship.

CRON team members include MIS majors Nick Gorden, Thomas Gulke, Thomas Hill, Ryan Miller, Greg Peyton, Steven Schindler and James Thurber, and computer engineering major Tyler Tiegs. Team alternates are software engineering majors Jacob Gross and Jacob Robers, and MIS major Hans Woehlck. Dr. Jeffrey Blessing is the team’s advisor.

The CCDC, is a national cyber-defense competition that allows college students to test their IT security skills on mock corporate networks against attacks by professional pen-testers and security researchers. CCDC has grown considerably over the years, attracting new talent on both the attacker and defender sides. The CCDC event has a simple mission, it aims to develop the IT security professionals of tomorrow and prepare them for the realities of working in the field of information security. The CCDC events also have another goal: helping organizations to identify talent in the ever-growing field of information security.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.