2014 Middle School Science Bowl set for Saturday

Contact:                                                                          For Immediate Release
Steve Karsjen, Public Affairs, 515-294-5643

AMES, Iowa – Middle school students from across Iowa will gather in Ames on Feb. 22 to compete for the 2014 Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional Science Bowl championship and the right to represent Iowa at the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl in Washington DC in April.

The daylong, quiz-bowl style event, now in its 11th year, will feature an expanded field of 24 teams, up from 16 teams in past years. Teams of four middle school students square off in head-to-head competition, answering math and science questions. The top 12 teams will advance to the double-elimination championship round, culminating in the championship match at 4:00 p.m. The event will take place in Ames Laboratory’s TASF and Spedding Hall as well as Gilman and Hach Halls.

“Due to the popularity of the event and a change from a two-day format, we were able to expand the field to 24 teams this year,” said Science Bowl coordinator Steve Karsjen. “In the past, the openings filled immediately and we always had a waiting list of schools wanting to participate, so we are pleased to be able to include more students.”

Schools participating in this year’s event include the following:

  • Adel DeSoto Minburn
  • Ames
  • Benton (Van Horne)
  • Boone
  • Central Lee (Donnellson)
  • Chariton
  • Fort Dodge
  • Home Schools (Walker)
  • Lynnville-Sully
  • Madrid
  • Mediapolis
  • Nishnabotna (Hamburg)
  • Pella Christian
  • Sacred Heart (West Des Moines)
  • South Hamilton (Jewell)
  • Southeast Webster Grand (Burnside)
  • St. Albert (Council Bluffs)
  • Stanton
  • Starmont (Arlington)
  • Stilwell (West Des Moines)
  • Union (Dysart)
  • West Fork (Rockwell)
  • West Hancock (Kanawha)
  • Williamsburg

Ames 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.