Ames Lab to Host 30th High School Science Bowl Jan. 25

AMES, IA – Iowa's top science and math students will face-off here on Jan. 25 in an intense question and answer competition in the 30th annual Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional High School Science Bowl. Teams will compete to answer questions that test their knowledge of biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, energy, mathematics, and physics in the day-long, quiz-bowl format competition. 

The Ames Laboratory/Iowa State event is one of 65 regional high school science bowl competitions to be held this year as part of the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl (NSB)®.  High school teams from Iowa and across the nation will be competing to advance to the NSB® finals April 30-May 4, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Since the inception of the National Science Bowl®, more than 305,000 middle and high school students have participated in regional tournaments around the country. More than 193 different Iowa high schools and more than 5,400 students have participated in the Ames Laboratory/ISU Regional Science Bowl since its beginnings in 1991.

The 38 schools scheduled to participate in this year’s regional High School Science Bowl are:



Boyer Valley (Dunlap)


Cedar Falls

Central Decatur (Leon)



Columbus Catholic (Waterloo)

Des Moines Central Campus

Dowling (West Des Moines)



Greene County (Jefferson)

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn (Hartley)

Hempstead (Dubuque)


Liberty (North Liberty)




North (Davenport)

Northwood-Kensett (Northwood)



Pleasant Valley (Bettendorf)

Regina (Iowa City)




St Albert (Council Bluffs)


Valley (West Des Moines)


West Delaware

West Senior (Iowa City)


The event begins at 8:00 a.m. in Hoover and Pearson Halls on the ISU campus (see the full day’s schedule below). The top 16 teams from the morning rounds will advance to the double-elimination competition in the afternoon. Approximately 80 faculty, staff, and students from Ames Laboratory and ISU serve as moderators, judges, timekeepers, and scorekeepers for the event.

Schedule of events for the Ames Lab/ISU High School Science Bowl:

7:30 a.m. – Registration (Hoover Hall Atrium)

8:00 a.m. – Welcoming remarks (Hoover Auditorium)

8:30 a.m.-11:00 – Round-robin competition (various rooms)

11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. – Lunch break

1:00-4:30 p.m. – Double-elimination competition of the top 16 teams (various rooms)

4:30-5:30 p.m. – Championship match and awards ceremony (Hoover Auditorium)

Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science research laboratory operated by Iowa State University. Ames Laboratory creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions. We use our expertise, unique capabilities and interdisciplinary collaborations to solve global challenges.

DOE’s Office of Science manages the NSB and sponsors the NSB finals competition. More information about these events is available on the National Science Bowl® website.

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.  For more information, please visit

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Steve Karsjen, Education and Outreach, (515) 294-5643