Science Bowl to be held in February

Science Bowl TeamAmes National Laboratory and Iowa State University will host the 34th annual Iowa Regional High School Science Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024. The event will take place 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.

Ames Lab is a U.S. Department of Energy Laboratory located on the Iowa State campus. Hosting the Science Bowl helps to inspire students to pursue further education and careers in STEM fields, and nurture developing talent in fields that align with the DOE and Ames Lab missions.

Throughout the event, 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 Ames Lab and Iowa State communities will provide much of the volunteer support for the day-long competition.

"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 with other STEM-focused students on the Iowa State University campus," said Kelly Bergman, an education and outreach program specialist at Ames Lab. “Thank you to our sponsors for making the event possible.”

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 High School Science Bowl are:

Ames High School
Bettendorf High School
Cedar Falls High School
Chariton High School

Dowling Catholic High School
Greene County High School
Hempstead High School
Johnston Senior High School

Keokuk High School

Liberty High School
Maharishi High School
Nevada High School
Newton Senior High School
North High School

Northview Middle School 
Ogden High School

Pleasant Valley High School

Rivermont Collegiate
St. Albert Catholic Schools
Valley High School
Waukee High School
West Senior High School
Wilton Junior/Senior 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.