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 timed verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. Each team is composed of five students 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.
Form Your Team
Teams are comprised of 4 or 5 students and teacher or TAG coordinator who serves as an advisor and coach. Students must be enrolled for the current school year as follows:
High School – grades 9, 10, 11 or 12
Middle School – grades 6, 7 or 8
How to enter
Registration opens October 1 at 11:00 AM CST. Teams from across the state are encouraged to apply. NOTE: Any coach or team data entered into the system prior to October 1 at 11:00 AM will be deleted in preparation for the official launch.
Plan ahead! Form your team and gather the following information from each student:
- first and last name
- birth month/year
- student’s home Zip Code
- T-shirt size
High School team registration (closes on November 20 or when the high school roster reaches 32 teams—whichever comes first). Teams are placed on the roster on a first-come basis.
Middle School team registration (closes on November 20 or when the middle school roster reaches 24 teams—whichever comes first). Teams are placed on the roster on a first-come basis.
Due to the revised format, only one team per school will be accepted this year.
Navigating the Registration Process
Information on registration can be found HERE.
Parent Consent/Media Release for Student Participation (one per student—coming soon)
Adult Media Release/Consent (one per adult—coming soon)
What to Study
Science Bowl questions cover a variety of topics: biology, chemistry, math, physics, Earth and space sciences and energy.
How to Play the Game
Teams will be contacted by the Iowa Regional Coordinators to schedule a time for two preliminary rounds. Competition times will be confirmed with a Zoom invitation which contains the link for team members to join.
See “Competition Structure” on page 2 of the 2021 Official Rules.
As rounds are completed, scores are entered on a spreadsheet shared with all coaches to track the competition.
There is no registration fee for the Iowa Regional Science Bowl events.