February 20, 2016
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.
- For students in grades 6, 7, and 8
- One-day academic competition
- Held on the beautiful Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa
- Lunch provided
- No registration fee
- Free Friday night 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 50 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.
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. Both pool-play and double-elimination formats are used. Top teams frequently spend months practicing for the event. Click here for Sample Questions.
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, 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
Teams from throughout the state are encouraged to apply. Registration opens Wednesday, October 1. 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.
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.
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 in the spring.