Students Nationwide to Compete in 29th Department of Energy National Science Bowl®

Thousands of students from middle and high schools across the country are looking forward to a bit of an adrenaline buzz and a dopamine high as they prepare to compete in the Department of Energy's (DOE's) 29th National Science Bowl® (NSB). These students are hard at work studying, practicing, and strategizing to win their local, regional, and finally the national competition.

The competitions start this month, with four students from each team facing off in a fast-paced, question-and-answer format. (More information about the date and location of specific regionals can be found through the NSB Homepage). The competition test students' knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics.

The winning team from each of the 47 middle- and 64 high-school regions will compete in the National Finals, held in Washington, D.C. from April 25 to April 29, 2019. At the Finals, winning teams can score exciting adventure trips to Alaska and national parks across the country to learn first-hand about science in the field; as well as trophies, medals, and supplies for their schools' science departments. But to many, the ultimate prize simply is the prestige of winning the National Championship.

Today, the NSB draws more than 14,000 middle- and high-school competitors. Since the first competition in 1991, more than 290,000 students have faced off in the National Science Bowl® Finals. The knowledge that former competitors have acquired – and more importantly, the collaborative skills and study habits that they've learned along the way – have led them to success in a variety of fields. Many have become researchers; others are science and math professors at some of our nation's most prestigious universities.

The 2019 competitors will follow in the footsteps of previous National Science Bowl® contestants, and will blaze a trail for students in science, math, and engineering.

Middle and high school student teams from diverse backgrounds are composed of four students, one alternate, and a teach who serves as an advisor and coach. The competition tests the students on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math. The Department of Energy Office of Science manages the National Science Bowl®, and sponsors the finals competition.


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