Science Bowl is back in-person

Student at Science BowlThe 33rd annual Ames National Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional High School Science Bowl is back in-person after two years as a virtual event. On January 28th Iowa’s top science and math students will compete to answer questions that test their knowledge of biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and mathematics. The day-long, quiz-bowl format competition will take place on the Iowa State University campus, with the Ames Lab and Iowa State community providing much of the volunteer support.

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 Ames Lab/Iowa State event is one of 65 regional high school science bowl competitions to be held this year. The winners will advance to the NSB® finals April 27-May 1, 2023, in Washington, DC.

"Iowa's Regional Science Bowl events are great opportunities for high school and middle school students to come together through science,” said Deb Samuelson, event coordinator at Ames Lab. “We are excited to be back in person for 2023."

The schools currently scheduled to participate in this year’s regional High School Science Bowl are:

Ames High School
Bettendorf High School
Carroll High School
Cedar Falls High School
Chariton High School
Colfax-Mingo High School
Dowling Catholic High School
Dubuque Senior High School
Earlham High School

Greene County High School
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School
Johnston High School
Liberty High School
Madrid High School
Maharishi High School
Nevada High School
Newton High School
North High School

Ogden High School
Pleasant Valley High School
Regina High School
Rivermont Collegiate High School
Saydel High School
Saint Albert Catholic High School​​​​Valley High School
Waukee High School
​​​​​​​Wilton High School​​​​​​​

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® website.