San Ramon students place in Nat'l Science Bowl

Gale Ranch Middle School Team member as they compete at the National Science Bowl for middle school students Solar Car Competition in Washington DC. (John Troha/National Science Bowl)

May 3, 2010 1:02:28 PM PDT
A team of science whizzes from a San Ramon middle school have a lot to brag about after coming in second-place in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl.

The students from Gale Ranch Middle School met with the First Lady in Washington D.C. Monday.

It is the first time they have reached the finals in the competition. Michelle Obama asked them and students from Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico the championship bonus questions. The two teams were competing for the middle school championship.

Mrs. Obama praised the students for their hard work and commitment to school. Both teams already won $1,000 for their schools' science departments for being finalists.

The National Science Bowl is an academic competition that tests students' knowledge.