Each year, thousands of middle and high school students from across the nation compete for a chance at winning the U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl.
And at this year's regional level, the Victory Christian Center Middle School science bowl team earned the winning title at the competition held at Discovery Place in late February.
Students on the VCCM team include: Caleb Brockman, Gabriel Moore, Mialique Daniel, Breanna Jenkins and Stevie Sweeney.
Victory Christian was among eight teams to compete at the regional competition. Their win secured them an all-expenses-paid trip to the national competition in Chevy Chase, Maryland April 26 through April 30.
There, they will compete against 115 middle and high school students at the national level.
The middle school level of the National Science Bowl began in 2002 and includes two types of competitions: academic math and science, and a model car race. The race helps provide students with a hands-on experience in the STEM field.
While competing, students challenge their skills of science and math and their understanding of global energy and environmental challenges.
Photo courtesy of Treva Farmer.