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Ames Laboratory hosting 28th Annual High School Science Bowl

Contacts:                                                                                         For release: Jan. 16, 2018
Steve Karsjen, Education and Outreach, (515) 294-5643

AMES, IA – Some of the brightest high school students from across Iowa will travel to Ames on January 27 to compete in the 28th Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional High School Science Bowl. Forty 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 Ames/Iowa State contest is one of 69 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 26-30 in Washington, DC.

Since the inception of the National Science Bowl®, more than 180,000 high school students have participated in regional tournaments around the country. More than 182 different Iowa high schools and more than 5,000 students have participated in the Ames Laboratory/ISU Regional Science Bowl since its beginnings in 1991.

This year six schools – Carroll, Sumner-Fredericksburg, Colo-Nesco, Liberty, Jefferson-Scranton, and Sheldon – are competing for the first time.

The event begins at 8:00 a.m. in Howe, Hoover, and Pearson Halls on the ISU campus. The competing students will answer questions from a variety of subject areas during half-hour matches. The 16 teams that fare best in 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.

 “The National Science Bowl® continues to be the premier science competition in the country,” said Steve Karsjen, regional Science Bowl coordinator. “It provides students the opportunity to showcase their science and math skills. It’s also important to many of our scientists, staff, and students who eagerly volunteer to put on this important educational event because they look forward to working with the brightest students in Iowa.”

Teams scheduled to participate in this year’s regional High School Science Bowl are:

Benton (Van Horne)
Boyer Valley (Dunlap)
Central Decatur (Leon)
Central Lee (Donnellson)
Columbus Catholic (Waterloo)
Des Moines Central
Dowling Catholic (Des Moines)          
Dubuque Senior
Hempstead (Dubuque)
Kennedy (Cedar Rapids)
Liberty (North Liberty)
Linn-Mar (Marion)
North High School (Davenport)
Pleasant Valley (Bettendorf)
Regina (Iowa City)
St. Albert (Council Bluffs)
Union High School (La Porte City)
Valley (West Des Moines)
Wahlert (Dubuque)
West Senior High (Iowa City)
Woodbury Central (Moville)

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

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