By: Megan Palera
Nebraska's only high school science bowl team is headed to the nation's capitol to school kids on all things science.
It's a fast-paced, question and answer quiz with no room for error. The Lincoln East High School Science Bowl team swept the state competition in February. Now they're getting ready for the big stage in Washington, D.C. this weekend.
"It's very difficult at times. Science bowl is a very high level activity. (Stressful?) At times, yes," Katie Sedlar said.
The national competition will quiz them on everything from astronomy to biology and earth science to math. The rounds are quick and only last about 20 minutes. The group knows the questions will be tough, so preparation has to be even tougher.
"They're gonna have to play their best game the entire time. It's a one day competition essentially so they go all day so they're gonna get tired. So we've been practicing, kind of getting them into shape if you can with science, to get them mentally ready," Coach Kyle Thompson said.
The 5-person team is no stranger to the National Science Bowl. Last year, they qualified but lost on the first round. This year, they set the bar higher.
"I really hope we make it to the top 16. Top place would be nice," Captain Akshay Rajagopal said.
All year long, the team has put in the hard work, dedication and self-sacrifice. Now all that's left it to win. The first round of the National Science Bowl begins Saturday. Lincoln East is going up against 68 other high schools.