When middle school kids compete in the National Brain Bowl, they become the superheroes with the power of knowledge
The five eighth graders at the Challenger Middle School in Colorado Springs won the state Optimist Brain Bowl championship for their grade level. Now, they are headed to New Orleans for a national tournament.
28 teams will compete in the eighth annual Junior National Academic Championship, sponsored by the National Academic Association.
According to Challenger’s gifted and talented teacher Carl Howard, it is the first time that an academic team has achieved advancement to a national competition.
“This is kind of a dream team,” he said. “They’re collaborative and have a good balance of camaraderie and interplay amongst each other.”
In order to compete in a Brain Bowl, students must work as a team, know a variety of facts, strategize, and not be afraid to take an educated guess. Each team member specializes in a particular area. Questions come from all academic sareas, as well as movies, TV, and current events.