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Middle School National Science Bowl


Sponsored by US Department of Energy, Office of Science

Contact:Jan Tyler
National Science Bowl
US Department of Energy
SC-27/Forrestal Bldg.
1000 Independence Ave. SW
Washington DC, 20585

Phone: 757.269.7657
Email: (For regional competition or sponsor information);

Yolanda White
Email: (For general participation information)
Description:The US Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl (NSB) is a nationwide academic competition for middle and high school students that tests knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. It was created in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in those fields.

The middle school competition is a highly competitive event in which student teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format and are tested on a range of science disciplines including life, physical, earth, space, and general science; energy; and mathematics.

Teams of diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. Teams of homeschooled students are considered to belong to a school as long as they are part of an official homeschool association. All students on a homeschooled team must live within the geographic boundaries of the teamís assigned regional event.

All teams first compete in regional competitions, and the regional championship teams then compete at the national event. Coaches are responsible for registering their team online for the regional competition. Registrations are based on the location of the school. To find a schoolís regional location and regional event information, visit the website at Regional winners are invited to attend the national event and receive an all-expense paid trip to compete for the national title.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award(s):Awards vary.
Deadline(s):Regional competition dates vary. See the website for specific dates. The national competition will take April 27 through May 1, 2017, April 26 through 30, 2018, and April 25 through 29, 2019.
Focus:Engineering, STEM
Grade Level(s):6-8
Content Area(s): Mathematics, Science
21st Century
Themes and Skills:
Critical Thinking, Information Literacy
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