The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Middle School Science Bowl® is a highly publicized national competition. It involves a math and science academic competition. Beginning in January 2021, more than 4,500 students is expected to compete in fifty regional tournaments throughout the nation. The winner of Brookhaven’s regional competition will be sent to Washington D.C. to compete in the National Competition.
This year, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) will host ONLY the academic competition for the National Science Bowl®. All middle school students who attend school on Long Island and in New York City are eligible and are invited to participate. In the academic competition, teams of middle school students answer questions on scientific topics in earth science, physical science, life science, math, and general science. 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.
Audience for This Competition
This competition is suitable for all 6-8 grade students and teachers interested in mathematics, physics, research, and engineering.
Application Process & Forms
Regional competition registration will open on Thursday, October 1, 2020, 12:00 PM and will close on Friday, February 12, 2021, 5:00 PM.
Note: All media releases must be submitted through the National Science Bowl online system.
Join the Competition Remotely
For the best remote meeting experience, we recommend joining the meeting with the Zoom for Government App. The App will automatically install when you join the meeting for the first time. However, you can also join the meeting using your favorite browser.
Webcast information will be provided to you prior to the start of the event. Please do not give out this connection information. It is only for registered attendees.
BNL Anti-Harassment Policy
At Brookhaven Lab 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 or Poster.
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
All teams are selected on first-come, first-serve basis and may not change student participants after submittal. 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 30 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
- Official Academic Competition Rules (pdf)
- Rules Flow Chart (pdf)
- Helpful Hints for Participating (pdf)
- Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
- Other Tips & Resource Information
Other coach information, rules, and practice questions can be found on the NSB site.