General Lab Information


The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl® is a highly publicized national competition among teams of high school students who answer questions on scientific topics in astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, earth, computer and general science. The winner of Brookhaven’s regional competition will be sent to Washington D.C. to compete in the National Competition.

Each year since 1991, Brookhaven National Laboratory has hosted the Long Island regional competition for the National Science Bowl®. All high school students who attend school on Long Island are eligible and are invited to participate. Teams are comprised of five students (one of whom is an alternate) and a teacher who acts as an advisor and coach. The competition consists of a round robin followed by a single elimination final. Questions are in the form of multiple choice and short answer in the categories of chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, astronomy, and general, earth, and computer science.

Audience for This Competition

This competition is suitable for all 9-12 grade students and teachers interested in chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, astronomy, and general, earth, and computer science. Team members must attend the same high school.

Application Process & Forms

Pre-registration will open Friday, October 1, 2021, 12:00 pm, which will allow coaches to confirm participation for one team from their school.

To finish registration, student names, information and consent forms must be submitted by Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 11:59 pm or the team will risk forfeiting their spot in the competition.

Note: All media releases must be submitted through the National Science Bowl online system.

Begin Team Application

Join the Event

The connection information will be provided via email to registrants prior to the event. Please do not give out this connection information. Contact the competition coordinator if you have questions or having connection issues.

Brookhaven Lab Anti-Harassment Policy

At Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) or BNL-sponsored events, discriminatory behavior or harassment of conference participants or presenters will not be tolerated. Please refer to the BNL Anti-Harassment Policy.


Trophies will be awarded to the top four teams with the winner of the academic competition receiving an invitation to an all-expense paid trip to compete in Washington D.C. for the national title. All students who take part in this competition will receive a Certificate of Participation. View more information regarding COVID-19 restrictions and participation at the National Science Bowl.

Rules & Eligibility Criteria

Schools can pre-register one team starting October 1st. Teams will be accepted December 15th if all student information is submitted and approved. Second teams will not be accepted until January 2022. After December 15th, teams may not change student participants.

A new registration will need to be submitted and will then go back into the queue for selection. Please see National registration for application deadlines and information on registering more than one team.

Note: we will be accepting a maximum of 24 teams.

Teams that have not been accepted by the deadline date will be put in the queue for the next deadline date. The competition coordinator will keep an alternate list until the day before the competition, just in case teams drop out.

Information for Teachers

Other coach information, rules, and practice questions can be found on the NSB site.

Important Dates

October 1, 2021 Pre-registration opens at 12:00 pm
December 15, 2021 Registration closes at 11:59 pm

Competition Information

2021 Regional Champion

2020 HS Regional Champion

Great Neck South Wins 2021 Regional High School Science Bowl. The team of high school students secured a back-to-back win in the virtual competition hosted by Brookhaven National Laboratory News Release | Photo Gallery