Congratulations to the Iowa Regional Middle School Science Bowl winners!

South Middle School science bowl team photo.
2023 Regional Science Bowl team from South Middle School, Waukee Community School District, with Adam Schwartz, director of Ames National Laboratory.

Congratulations to the South Middle School team, from Waukee Community School District, for winning the 20th annual Ames National Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional Middle School Science Bowl! The competition took place on the Iowa State University campus on Saturday, Feb. 18.

A total of 21 teams traveled to the Iowa State campus to compete in this year’s competition. The competition began in the morning, with the final matches taking place in the afternoon. Ranking from the final matches are as follows: Johnston Middle School took second place, Northview Middle School took third place, and Parkview Middle School took fourth place overall.

The South Middle School team will represent the Iowa Region at the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl (NSB)® April 27-May 1, 2023, in Washington, DC.

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.

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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.