Spotlight on WCTE's Academic Bowl 2018

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This week on WCTE's Get Ready To Learn radio show, join host Cindy Putman and special guest Reggie Brown as they discuss WCTE's Academic Bowl, (due to weather Academic Bowl has been rescheduled) for later in January 2018.

WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS hosts an annual Academic Bowl, in which high school Academic Teams from across the region compete for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place, as well as the prestigious Dr. Fred Culp Spirit Award.  

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The WCTE High School Academic Bowl is a series that tests both knowledge and mental agility of players as well as viewers. Moderated by TTU Professor Brian O'Connor, WCTE would also like to extend a big “thank you!” to our amazing TTU partners at the Stem Center for hosting this years event.

Brian O’Connor, TTU professor, researches and creates the questions that are administered during this double elimination tournament. He is following in the footsteps of retired Putnam County Schools educator Hal Denton who assisted WCTE’s CEO Becky Magura when she started this yearly event more than 25 years ago.

Brown also discussed the teamwork and collaboration that takes place at WCTE between the Education Department and the Production Crew. Each round that occurs during this two day event will be broadcast at a future date on WCTE.

Want to test your own knowledge? Check out these sample questions that student teams can use for practice-

Works of this author include the autobiography American Outpost and a Pulitzer winner Dragon’s Teeth. 

For 10 points each:

[10] Name this socialist author, who ran for Governor of California once as a Socialist and once as a Democrat.

ANSWER: Upton Sinclair

[10] An unintended consequence of this Sinclair novel about Jurgis Rudkus, a worker in the meat-packing industry, was the passage of Pure Food and Drug Act and Meat Inspection Act.

ANSWER: The Jungle

[10] Another American author who ran for a political position from the Socialist Party was this guy, who wrote about the dystopian The Iron Heel in addition to The Sea-Wolf and White Fang.

ANSWER: Jack London

If you have a student who is interested in this event check out some past team competitions on WCTE's YouTube channel!


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