Teams from two Las Vegas schools pitted themselves against students from across the country over the weekend in the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.
Students from the Meadows School competed in the high school division that measured schools in a Jeopardy-style competition.
Hyde Park Middle School represented Nevada in the middle school contest that featured races of model cars powered by lithiium-ion batteries.
The schools won several matches, but neither won enough to advance to the championship round, according to coordinator Dan Burns.
The national winners crowned Monday were Mira Loma High School in Sacramento, Calif., and Creekside Middle School in Carmel, Ind.
Sixty-nine high schools and 46 middle schools competed. The Nevada team was sponsored by the Nevada field office of the National Nuclear Security Administration.
The Hyde Park Middle School team consisted of students Anish Devati, Lyle Carrera, Jay Desai, Benjamin Hand and Simran Shah. Its coach was teacher Edward Patricks.
The Meadows School team was Sunny Zhou, Daniel Chen, Michael Chen, Divya Ramakrishnan and Audrey Chang. Its coach was teacher David Santo Pietro.