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Agency:U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Program:National Science Bowl (NSB)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Middle and high school student teams from diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. These teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.

A featured event at the National Finals for middle school students, the Electric Car Competition, invites students to design, build, and race battery-powered model cars. This competition tests the creative engineering skills of many of the brightest math and science students in the nation as they gain hands-on experience in the automotive design process and with electric battery technology.

Regional science bowl championship teams receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete at the national event. High school and middle school teams travel to Washington, DC, in late April. The national events include several days of science activities, sightseeing, and competitions. There are cutting-edge science seminars and hands-on science activities.


To be eligible to compete, a high school student must be enrolled for the current school year in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 at the team’s school; a middle school student must be enrolled for the current school year in grades 6, 7, or 8 at the team’s school. A student is limited to, at most, 3 years of middle school competition and 4 years of high school competition. A student may not compete in both the middle school and high school events in the same year.

Teams of home school students and science clubs are welcome to participate provided that all members of the team live within the DOE’s defined geographic area of the regional event. However, if the school that a student attends is competing in a Regional Science Bowl, that student may compete only on a team from that school.

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Last Updated: April 14, 2017

Last Modified: 05/03/2017