Middle School Science Bowl

February 22, 2014

Mark your calendars
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.

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The basics
- For students in grades 6, 7, and 8
- One-day academic competition
- Held on the beautiful Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa
- Teams from Iowa are invited and welcome to participate — public, private and parochial schools as well as home-schooled students
- Lunch provided
- No registration fee
- Free lodging to 10 most distant teams (determined at close of registration)
- Only 24 teams can participate so register early! Schools whose applications are received after the roster is filled will be placed on a waiting list.
- Winning team advances to the Department of Energy’s National competition.

The academic competition
The Ames Lab/ISU Middle School Science Bowl is one of 48 regional competitions held across the nation. It is a fast-paced question-and-answer contest where students answer questions about Life Science, Physical Science, Earth and Space Science, Energy, Mathematics and General Science. Both pool-play and double-elimination formats are used.

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 then has an opportunity to answer a bonus question. At the end of the match, the team with the most points wins.

No car competition
In previous years, teams built and raced model cars. The car competition is no longer part of the Iowa Regional event.

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, parent, administrator, or Talented and Gifted coordinator. Any students in grades 6-8 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.

For coaches
Please go to the Coach Information link on this web site for more information. Additional resources are listed at http://science.energy.gov/nsb/middle-school/middle-school-coaches/

On to nationals
The U.S. Department of Energy will pay all expenses for the coach and members of the winning team to compete in Washington, D.C. at the national competition April 24 - April 28, 2014. No school may compete in more than one regional competition. If the entire winning team cannot participate in all national activities, the second-place team will attend instead.