Iowa Regional Middle School Science Bowl to be held March 2

Students at Science BowlAmes National Laboratory and Iowa State University will host the 21st annual Iowa Regional Middle School Science Bowl. The event will take place Saturday, Mar. 2, 2024, on the Iowa State campus. “We are thrilled to once again host the annual Science Bowl,” said Mary Ronayne, an education and outreach program specialist at Ames Lab. The Ames Lab and Iowa State communities will provide much of the volunteer support for the day-long competition.

Ames Lab is a U.S. Department of Energy Laboratory located on the Iowa State campus. Hosting the event is a way to encourage students to pursue further education and careers in STEM fields. It is also a way to nurture developing talent in fields that support the DOE and Ames Lab missions.

"Iowa Regional Science Bowl events offer the youth of the state of Iowa the opportunity to showcase their knowledge in the STEM fields, while experiencing a sense of community," said Kelly Bergman, an education and outreach program specialist at Ames Lab.

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 winners will advance to the NSB® finals April 25-29, 2024, in Washington, DC.

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

Clear Lake Middle School

DeSoto Intermediate School

Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School

Indian Hills Junior High School

John Adams Middle School

Johnston Middle School

Le Mars Middle School

Lynnville-Sully Middle School

North Scott Junior High School

Northview Middle School

Ogden Middle School

Pella Middle School

Prairie Ridge Middle School

Regina Catholic Education Center

Sacred Heart School

South Middle School

St. Albert Catholic Schools

St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic School

Stilwell Junior High School

Timberline School

Wapello Junior High School

Waukee Middle School

Winterset Junior High School

Sponsors include: Danfoss, Stellar Industries, Chevron Renewable Energy Group, 3M, Valent Biosciences, Collins Aerospace, and Hy-Vee

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

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 (NSB)® website.