Ames Laboratory hosting 29th annual High School Science Bowl

Science Bowl logoAMES, IA – Iowa's top science and math students will face-off here on Jan. 26 in an intense question and answer competition in the 29th annual Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional High School Science Bowl. Forty teams of students 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 25-29, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Since the inception of the National Science Bowl®, more than 290,000 middle and high school students have participated in regional tournaments around the country. More than 191 different Iowa high schools and more than 5,300 students have participated in the Ames Laboratory/ISU Regional Science Bowl since its beginnings in 1991.

This year three schools – Earlham, Sheldon, and Westwood (Sloan) – are competing for the first time.

The 40 teams scheduled to participate in this year’s regional High School Science Bowl are:

ADM – Adel


Boyer Valley, Dunlap

Cedar Falls

Central, Davenport




Columbus, Waterloo

Des Moines Central

Dowling, Des Moines

Dubuque Senior


Greene Co., Jefferson


Hempstead (Dubuque)


Liberty, North Liberty




North High, Davenport




Pella Christian

Pleasant Valley, Bettendorf

Regina, Iowa City


Saydel, Des Moines



St Albert, Council Bluffs


Valley, West Des Moines


West High, Iowa City

Westwood, Sloan


Woodbury Central, Moville

The event begins at 8:00 a.m. in Howe, 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 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

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

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