The top two high school teams nationwide win educational adventure
trips, and the top middle and high school teams win money for their
schools' science departments.
"Participating in the National
Science Bowl both regionally and at the national championships
encourages student involvement in math and science activities, which
is of importance to the Department of Energy and the nation," said
Patricia M. Dehmer, acting director of the DOE Office of Science,
which manages the National Science Bowl and sponsors the finals
competition. "These students represent our nation's future science
leaders. We wish them success in their efforts to reach the national
finals in Washington, D.C."
Teams of students can sign up to participate in the National
Science Bowl by registering with the coordinator for their local
competition, which they can find on the NSB website at
There are separate competitions for high school and middle
school. Regional competitions for each area typically last one or
two days and take place throughout the country between January and
During the regional and national competitions, students
participate in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems
and answer questions from all branches of science and math. Each
team is composed of four or five students and a teacher who serves
as a coach. Teams can find sample questions on the National Science
Bowl website to help prepare for the competitions.
The winning team from each qualifying regional competition will
receive an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the national finals
in Washington, D.C., April 24-28, 2014. The national events include
several days of science activities, sightseeing and competitions. As
part of the national finals, middle school students design and race
lithium ion battery-powered model cars. High school students compete
in team science challenges in addition to participating in the
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The prizes for the top two high school teams for the 2014 NSB
will be announced later. The high school team that won the 2013 NSB
received a nine-day, all-expenses-paid science trip to Alaska, where
they learned more about glaciology, marine and avian biology,
geology and plate tectonics. The second-place high school team at
the 2013 NSB won a five-day guided adventure tour of several
national parks, which included a whitewater rafting trip.
The top 16 high school teams and the top eight middle school
teams in the national championship also win $1,000 for their
schools' science departments.
Last year, approximately 14,000 high school and middle school
students from 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico
competed in the National Science Bowl.
The Department of Energy created the National Science Bowl in
1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and
to pursue careers in these fields. More than 225,000 students have
participated in the competition since it began.
[Text from file received from the
U.S. Department of Energy]