Tuesday , June 25 2024

47 Kids: A Fresno team heads to the National Science Bowl

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CBS47 is proud to partner with First Five Fresno County. We’re highlighting community organizations that support kids. <br /><br />In today’s 47 kids, we’ll meet the middle school team, taking their smarts to the National Science Bowl in Washington D.C. They’re one of just 16 teams to compete. <br /><br />In their eyes, focus. In their hands, buttons. On the clock, time that’s ticking away. These four students, Aaditya&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">Prasad,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">Anshul&nbsp;</span>Narain, Daniel Theng, Juyun Hwang and one alternate are part of a very special team at Granite Ridge Middle School. <br /><br />They’re competitors who just won a spot to the National Science Bowl. A nationwide academic competition for middle and high school students. <br /><br />&quot;Basically a kind of Jeopardy thing, except it’s purely science based, and math,&quot;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">Aaditya Prasad, a science bowl competitor&nbsp;said.&nbsp;<br /><br /></span>But it’s more than just answering questions. The competition is fast-paced, at eight minutes a round, the game requires focus. <br /><br />&quot;The question comes, you got five seconds to answer it,&quot;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">Anshul Narain said.<br /><br /></span>&quot;You have to think fast, and you have to press the button,&quot; D<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">aniel Theng said.<br /><br /></span>Smarts in a number of areas.<br /><br />&quot;Physical science questions, life science questions, general science, stars and galaxies, energy and math,&quot; J<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">uyun Hwang said.<br /><br /></span>And tons of practice. <br /><br />&quot;You have to know everything, if you wanted to get every single question right,&quot;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">Theng said.<br /><br /></span>Science teacher Jonathan Bownes helps coach the kids and says part of what helped them win regionals is their drive. <br /><br />&quot;They won because they wanted to do it, and, and they drove a lot of it even though they won’t say that,&quot;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">Bownes said.<br /><br /></span>Now preparing for the national competition, which takes place in just a few months, the students say they want to win, but are in it for another reason; the fun. <br /><br />&quot;I’m going to do this, and it’s fun and I’m ready for it, and so you just keep on doing it for that reason only,&quot;&nbsp;<br /><br /><span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">CBS47’s Megan Rupe reporting.</span></div>

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