Jeopardy is America’s favorite quiz game show. Imagine combining the concept of Jeopardy with science and a roomful of over 100 middle/high school students from various schools across several counties. What do you get? The Regional Science Bowl! Often known as the Super Bowl of science, Regional Science Bowls provide the perfect opportunity for middle and high school students interested in STEM to compete in teams for the chance to represent their school at the National Science Bowl in Washington D.C.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Middle and high school student teams from diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. These teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.
The Department of Energy (DOE) created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. Approximately 240,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its 28 year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. In 1991, 18 regional high school tournaments took place; this year, more than 9,500 high school students competed in 70 regional events across the United States as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
NETL has been hosting regional qualifying competitions since that time. NETL facilitates two regional Science Bowls: the West Virginia Regional Science Bowl (WVSB) and the Western Pennsylvania Science Bowl (WPASB), with each event comprised of both a middle school and a high school competition.
If you are interested in putting a team together at your school, attending to watch the competition, volunteering or being an event sponsor, please visit the following websites for information on the Regional Science Bowls.