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 double 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 Monday, October 2, 2023, 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 Saturday, December 2, 2023, 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

Information for Teachers

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


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.

Rules & Eligibility Criteria

Schools can pre-register one team starting October 2nd. Teams will be accepted December 2nd if all student information is submitted and approved. Second teams will not be accepted until December 2nd. After December 2nd, teams may not change student participants. A new registration will need to be submitted and will then go back into the queue for selection.

Note: we will be accepting a maximum of 20 teams.

Our Values and Expected Conduct

At Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) or BNL-sponsored events, discriminatory behavior or harassment of conference participants or presenters will not be tolerated.

Important Dates

October 2, 2023 Pre-registration opens at 12:00 pm
December 2, 2023 Registration closes at 11:59 pm

Competition Information

2023 Regional Champion

2023 HS Regional Champion

Ward Melville High School Wins Regional High School Science Bowl. The competition hosted by Brookhaven Lab included teams from Long Island and New York City schools News Release | Photo Gallery