WASHINGTON - A team of Boise high school students made it into the final 16 at the National Science Bowl.

About 9,000 high school students and more than 5,000 middle school students from across the country took part in the annual competition, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Though they made it to the top tier of the competition, the team from Treasure Valley Math and Science Center was eliminated from the competition on Sunday.

All of the teams reaching the top 16 will receive $1,000 for their schools' science departments.

The championship rounds of the competition will take place Monday morning. The winning team will get an all-expense paid science trip to Alaska.