General Lab Information


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 2023, more than 5,000 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 double 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

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, 4:30 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 4:30 pm

Competition Information

2023 Regional Champion

2023 MS Regional Champion

Hunter College Campus Schools Wins Regional Middle School Science Bowl. The competition hosted by Brookhaven Lab included teams from Long Island and New York City schools News Release | Photo Gallery