20th Annual middle school Science Bowl is back in-person

Middle school science bowl teamThe annual Ames National Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional Middle School Science Bowl is back in-person for its 20th year after two years as a virtual event. On February 18th Iowa’s top middle school science and math students will compete to answer questions that test their knowledge of science and mathematics. The day-long, quiz-bowl format competition will take place on the Iowa State University campus, with the Ames National Laboratory and Iowa State University community providing much of the volunteer support.

In 1991 the Department of Energy created the National Science Bowl (NSB)® to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and pursue STEM careers. It is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. The Ames Lab/Iowa State event is one of 50 regional middle school science bowl competitions to be held this year. The winners will advance to the NSB® finals April 27-May 1, 2023, in Washington, DC.

"Iowa's Regional Science Bowl events are great opportunities for high school and middle school students to come together through science,” said Deb Samuelson, event coordinator at Ames Lab. “We are excited to be back in person for 2023."

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

ADM Middle School

Ames Middle School

Bettendorf Middle School

DeSoto Middle School

Earlham Middle School

Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School

Indian Hills Middle School

Johnston Middle School

LeMars Middle School

Madrid Middle School

Northview Middle School

Ogden Middle School

Parkview Middle School

Prairie Ridge Middle School

Regina Catholic School

Roland-Story Middle School

Sacred Heart School

South Middle School

Southview Middle School

Saint Albert Catholic School

Stilwell Middle School

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.

Ames National Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science National 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 problems.

Ames National Laboratory is supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy. The 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 https://energy.gov/science.