The Locust Valley Middle School team won the regional competition in this year’s National Science Bowl over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Energy said Tuesday.

“The National Science Bowl continues to be one of the premier academic competitions across the country and prepares America’s students for future successes in some of the world’s fastest growing fields in science, technology, and engineering,” said J. Stephen Binkley, acting director of the Department’s Office of Science in a statement.

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His office sponsors the competition that pits more than 14,000 middle- and high-school students.

They must answer “fast-paced” questions and solve technical problems in a range of disciplines, such as biology, chemistry, earth and space science, physics and math, the statement said.

A series of 116 regional tournaments are held across the country from January through March.

The final round of the 27th annual contest will be held from April 27 to May 1 in Washington, D.C.

The top 16 high school teams and the top 16 middle school teams in the National Finals will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments.