Carmel Valley Science Bowl team in nation’s top 5

The Carmel Valley Middle School Science Bowl team brought home $1,000 to the science department for finishing in the top 16.

Carmel Valley Middle School finished in the nation’s top five in the National Finals of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science’s National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.

The team, composed of Allen Huang, Caroline Bao, Andy Zhu, Jerry Qu and Wesley Zhang, competed with other top middle schools. They lost only three matches in academic competition, and those losses were to the top three finishing teams. As part of the competition, they built and raced an electric car to showcase their engineering skills.

The team won $1,000 for the science department for finishing in the top 16.

Before competition the team visited the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, the Air and Space Museum and took a tour of the Capitol through Congressman Scott Peters’ office.