STEP Regional Science Bowl

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Dozens of high school students from around the state competed in the STEP (Science and Technology Entry Program) Regional Science Bowl Saturday at College Park Hall.

The keynote speaker was Quintin Bullock, president of Schenectady County Community College.

STEP encourages historically underrepresented students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The Science Bowl is a “Jeopardy”-style contest in which teams compete in several rounds. Each squad is mentored by one of about a dozen institutions, including Union, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University at Albany and Syracuse University.

Union’s STEP program is run through the Kenney Community Center. The College’s two teams are coached by Denly Lettsome ’11 and Emilia Strzalkowska ’11, with assistance from Chris Vargas ’11. In addition, nearly 50 Union students will volunteer as moderators, judges, timekeepers and scorekeepers.