As some of you will no doubt know, we tried something new last Monday. With help from River's Bend Restaurant and Bar (in the old Parkville Power Plant), that night was the innaugural Science Quiz Bowl.
Some forty people turned out (not bad for Parkville on a Monday night) to answer questions in twelve different categories of science knowledge. Teams were composed of families, students, interested adults, and even the Parkville Chamber of Commerce (which managed a respectable third place)! The winning team, from Park Hill South high school, scored their game-winning finish by knowing (surely not guessing) that one of the elements responsible for the green of an emerald is chromium (the other, according to Mindat, is vanadium, which some of you will know is responsible for the blue-green color of the mineral cavansite). We apologize to everyone who guessed "copper" - actually, it was more of a trick question than originally anticipated.