Minnetonka Science Bowl (copy)

Team 1 from Minnetonka West Middle School in Excelsior won the Regional Science Bowl in 2018 and went on to compete in Washington, D.C.

MINNETONKA — Middle school students from Minnetonka and Wayzata will be competing this weekend in a science bowl.

Students from 24 middle schools in the state, including Minnetonka Middle School West, Wayzata Central Middle School and Wayzata West Middle School, will be competing in the Minnesota Academy of Science’s Minnesota Regional Science Bowl for Middle School Students on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the University of St. Thomas’ School of Engineering in St. Paul, a news release said.

The winning team will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl.

The competition is made up of five-person teams solving technical problems and answer questions about math and science. It is conducted in a format that is similar to “Jeopardy,” a news release says. Each team will play in a round-robin tournament with the chance to advance to a double-elimination championship.

Minnetonka West Middle School won the regional competition last year and went on to represent Minnesota at the national competition.

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