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Ames Laboratory to Host 23rd Annual Science Bowl

Contacts:                                          For release: Jan. 17, 2013
Steve Karsjen, Public Affairs, (515) 294-5643

Some of the brightest high school students from across Iowa will travel to Ames on Jan. 26 to compete in the 23rd annual 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.

More than 167 different Iowa high schools have participated in Science Bowl since its inception in 1991 with more than 4,000 students participating over the years. Four schools – Grinnell, Lake Mills, Southeast Webster Grand, and Waukee  â€“ are competing this year for the first time.

The event, which begins at 8:00 a.m. in Howe, Hoover and Pearson Halls on the ISU campus, is one of 69 regional Science Bowl competitions being held throughout the nation. Throughout its history, more than 100,000 high school students have participated in regional tournaments. Regional champions will advance to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl®, April 25 - April 29, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

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.

“Science Bowl continues to be the premier science competition in the country,” said Steve Karsjen, Science Bowl coordinator and Ames Lab Public Affairs manager, “providing 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 participating in this year's Science Bowl are:





Boyer-Valley (Dunlap)

Central Academy (Des Moines)



Davenport Central 

Davenport North


East Union (Afton)

Greene County (Jefferson)




Hempstead (Dubuque)

Home Schools of Eastern Iowa (Walker)


Kennedy (Cedar Rapids)

Lake Mills

Le Mars

Linn Mar (Marion)



Northwood-Kensett (Northwood)


Pleasant Valley (Bettendorf)

Regina (Iowa City) 



Southeast Webster Grand (Burnside)


St. Albert (Council Bluffs)


Valley (West Des Moines)

Wahlert (Dubuque)



West Central Valley (Stuart)

Western Dubuque (Epworth)


Xavier (Cedar Rapids)

Schedule of events for the Ames Lab/ISU 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 facility 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.