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IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
Want to give your school’s top science and math students a chance to strut their stuff? Then enter the Regional Science Bowl hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University.
Science Bowl is a rapid-fire, daylong competition in which high school students answer questions from a wide range of science and math disciplines. The winning team receives and all-expenses-paid trip to the DOE’s National Science Bowl.
The 2004 Ames Lab/ISU Regional Science Bowl will take place Saturday, Jan. 31, in ISU’s Memorial Union, beginning at 8 a.m.
Form Your Team
Teams are comprised up to five students (four members and an alternate) and a teacher who serves as coach. Students must be enrolled for the current school year in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 at the team’s school and must be less than 20 years of age.
Four of the team’s five players compete at and one time – regardless of which team member has been designated as the alternate. During the intermission or between matches, the coach can substitute a player.
What to Study
Science bowl questions cover a variety of topics: biology; chemistry; mathematics; physics; and earth and general sciences. Preparation pays off; top teams frequently spend months practicing for the event. Sample questions available at:
How to play the game
The Ames Lab/ISU Science Bowl is one of more than 60 regional competitions held throughout the nation. Our format is similar to the National Science Bowl. The morning session is a round-robin tournament, and the top 16 teams advance to the double elimination competition in the afternoon session.
Each 16-minute match has a two-minute intermission. Questions are read aloud by a moderator. Any player can buzz in to answer a “toss-up” question. Points are awarded for a correct answer, and the team can then answer a bonus question. At the end of the match, the team with the most points is declared the winner.
Ames Lab and ISU scientists and staff serve as judges, moderators, timekeepers and scorekeepers.
Trophies are awarded to the top-three teams with each player receiving an individual award. The winning team advances to the 2004 National Science Bowl on April 29 – May 3 in Washington D.C.
The Ames Lab/ISU Regional Science Bowl is absolutely FREE! There is no entry fee. All teams will be provided lunch on competition day. Ten distant schools will receive two hotel rooms each for the night prior to the event. Schools will be notified if selected.
A look back
2003 Washington High School, Cedar Rapids
2002 Cedar Falls High School, Cedar Falls
2001 Ames High School, Ames
2000 Ames High School, Ames
1999 Ankeny High School, Ankeny
1998 Valley High School, West Des Moines
1997 Valley High School, West Des Moines
1996 Ames High School, Ames
1995 Ames High School, Ames
1994 Ames High School, Ames
1993 Ankeny High School, Ankeny
1992 Ankeny High School, Ankeny
1991 Lincoln High School, Des Moines
In 1998, Valley High School went on to win the National Science Bowl Championship and receive and all-expenses-paid trip to Landau, Germany, to meet the Nobel Laureates in chemistry.
How to enter
Beginning Wednesday, October 15, on-line registrations will be accepted at http://www/ameslab.gov/community/scibowl.html. The first 48 schools to submit completed applications are eligible for the competition. Schools who’s applications are received after the positions are filled will be placed on the waiting list in the event of cancellations.
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