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Ames Laboratory to host Middle School Science Bowl Feb. 24

Contact:                                                                                                                For  Release: Feb. 20, 2018
Steve Karsjen, Education and Outreach, 515-294-5643


AMES, Iowa -- Middle school students from across Iowa will gather in Ames on Feb. 24 to compete in the 2018 Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional Middle School Science Bowl. Twenty-four teams of students will compete to answer questions about biology, chemistry, earth and space science, energy, mathematics, and physics in the day-long, quiz-bowl format competition.

The winning team will earn the right to represent Iowa at the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl® (NSB).  Teams from across the nation will be competing in the NSB finals April 26-30 in Washington, DC.

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



B.R.Miller (Marshalltown)

Benton Community (Van Horne)




Eleanor Roosevelt (Dubuque)

Howar  (Centerville)

Indian Hills (Clive)


Le Mars




Regina (Iowa City)



St. Albert

Stilwell (West Des Moines)

Waukee South

West Branch

Winfield-Mt. Union

Woodbury Central (Moville)

The event is scheduled to start at 8:00 a.m. with opening ceremonies. There will be practice rounds in the morning along with qualifying rounds for the 12-team, double-elimination championship competition in the afternoon. The championship match is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. in Hoover Hall Auditorium.

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. 

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