Science Bowl

An Excellence Program In Our Access to Excellence Continuum

What are the MN Regional Science Bowls?

As part of our continuum of K-12 science education programming (Access to Excellence), the Minnesota Academy of Science (MAS) holds two separate regional science bowl competitions for Minnesota: one for middle school students (grades 6-8) and the other for high school students (grades 9-12). One winning team from each science bowl qualifies to represent Minnesota and compete at the National Science Bowl, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., all expenses paid.

During science bowls, students compete in teams solving technical problems and answering questions in all branches of science and math. One-day science bowl competitions operate in a fast-paced question and answer format. Teams go head-to-head and ring in to answer questions, just like the TV show Jeopardy. Each team plays multiple games in a round-robin tournament, with the chance to advance to a double-elimination championship. 

This year, the High School Science Bowl will be held January 25, 2020 and the Middle School Science Bowl date is TBD. A maximum of 40 teams may compete in the High School and 24 teams may compete in the Middle School Science Bowl. Our goal at MAS is to maximize the number of schools participating.

The second and third place teams receive individual medals. The winning team receives a trophy, individual medals, and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Science Bowl hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy.  

Who participates?

Any current public, private, or home school team is welcome to participate. Teams of home-schooled students will be considered to belong to a school as long as they are part of an official home school association. No club teams will be approved.  

How can I get involved?

Form a team of 4 to 5 students. Find a coach and register for the Minnesota regional science bowl tournament. Study and practice answering the sample questions. 

How can I volunteer?

Science Bowl events depend on local volunteers from all ages and skills to serve as competition officials and run the events. If you are interested in sharing your love of science and math with students, contact Barbara Donoho at to volunteer, or simply register below.

What happens if my team wins the MN State Regional Science Bowl?

The winning team from the MN State Regional Science Bowl for High School Students and the winning team from the MN State Regional Science Bowl for Middle School students each receive an all-expense paid trip to compete in the National Science Bowl in Washington, DC. This includes the five team members and one coach. The National Science Bowl is a program of the U.S. Department of Energy. The event includes several days of science activities, sightseeing, and competitions. It's a mini-conference and valuable experience. There are cutting-edge science seminars and hands-on science activities. The teams who advance to the elimination rounds will earn a monetary prize for their school. Top teams also receive trophies and other awards, including science trips for the high school teams. Complete information will be sent to the winning team after the Minnesota Science Bowl.

The National Science Bowl for Middle School Students includes two types of competitions, an academic math and science competition and a Cyber Challenge.  More information can be found on the National Science Bowl web site –

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