Iowa Regional Middle School Science Bowl

February 22, 2020

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Challenge your best and brightest!

Be a part of the Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Middle School Science Bowl! Form a team and show you’ve got what it takes to compete against the best teams in the Midwest. This event is guaranteed to excite and challenge the Midwest’s brightest middle school students.

Form your team

Teams from throughout the state are encouraged to apply. Teams consist of up to five students--four students and one alternate--and one coach. The coach may be a teacher, administrator, or Talented and Gifted coordinator. Any students in grades 6, 7, or 8 may form a team. Four of the team’s five players compete at any one time. Substitutions may occur during the 2-minute halftime or between matches.

How to enter

Registration opens October 1, 2019, 11:00 a.m. CST. Teams from throughout the state are encouraged to apply. Proceed to the coaches page to submit an application for a team. Schools whose applications are received after the roster is filled will be placed on a waiting list.

What to study

Science Bowl questions cover a variety of topics: biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, Earth and space sciences and energy. Preparation pays off. Top teams frequently spend months practicing for the event. Click here for Sample Questions.

How to play the game

The Iowa Regional Science Bowl is one of 111 regional competitions held throughout the nation. The morning session is a round-robin tournament, with the top 16 teams advancing to the double-elimination competition in the afternoon session.

Each 16-minute match has a two-minute intermission. Questions are read aloud by a moderator. Any player can buzz in to answer a "toss up" question. Points are awarded for a correct answer, and the team can then answer a bonus question. At the end of the match, the team with the most points wins. Ames Lab and ISU scientists and staff serve as judges, moderators, timekeepers and scorekeepers.

The cost

There is no registration fee. All teams will be provided lunch on competition day. Ten distant schools will receive two complimentary hotel rooms Friday night prior to the event. Schools will be notified if selected.

The award

Trophies are awarded to the top three teams, with each player receiving an individual award. The winning team will be invited to represent Iowa at the National Science Bowl on April 30 - May 4, 2020, in Washington, D.C.