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National Science Bowl

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MS Regional Competitions:
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Beginning in January 2018, more than 9,000 high school students and 4,500 middle school students will compete in 65 high school and 50 middle school regional Science Bowl tournaments. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science manages the National Science Bowl®, and sponsors the NSB finals competition. The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

Launched in 1991, the National Science Bowl® (NSB) is a highly competitive science education and academic event among teams of high school and middle school students who compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. Each team is composed of four students, one alternate student, and a coach. Regional and national events encourage student involvement in math and science activities of importance to the Department of Energy and the Nation.

Regional science bowl championship teams receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete at the national event. High school and middle school teams travel to Washington, D.C. in April. The national events are several days of science activities, sightseeing, and competitions. Teams enjoy the entire science bowl experience and take home many prizes. There are cutting-edge science seminars and hands-on science activities.

Time Details: 

The Regional Competitions are one full day in early 2018. Successful teams tend to organize practice once per week leading up to competition. The winning teams from the Regional Competitions will make it to the Final Competition in late spring 2018.

Cost Details: 

The fee to register a team varies by competition. Check with the specific regional competition to verify what the cost is.

People Details: 

The number of teams per school varies on the regional competition rules. Each team can consist of 4-5 members, with 4 playing at any one time.

Prize Details: 

The winning team from each regional competition is eligible to be invited to the National Science Bowl Finals in Washington DC. Prizes at regional competitions may vary.

Outcome of the Activity: 
Students will participate in a fast-paced, question-and-answer format competition, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.
Activity Address: 
United States
37° 5' 24.864" N, 95° 42' 46.4076" W
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