Washington D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the prizes for which middle and high school teams from across the nation will compete at this year’s National Science Bowl, held from April 25 to April 29 in Washington, D.C. From a total of 1,894 high school teams that competed in regional competitions this year, 69 teams won a spot in the National Science Bowl, and 46 of the 1,023 middle school teams that competed at their regional competitions are advancing to the national finals.

“The National Science Bowl is one of the most prestigious annual academic competitions. We congratulate the 115 teams of middle and high school students who have earned a spot in this year’s national finals by finishing in the top four percent of the teams that competed regionally,” said Patricia M. Dehmer, Deputy Director for Science Programs in Energy Department’s Office of Science. “We hope the National Science Bowl nurtures students’ interest in pursuing careers in science and technology fields, helping our nation remain prosperous and competitive in the world.”

The National Science Bowl is divided into separate competitions for middle and high school students. In the academic competitions, teams of four or five middle and high school students will face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, astronomy and math.

The first-place high school team in the academic competition will win a nine-day, all-expense paid science trip to Alaska. While on the trip, the students will take day trips that provide learning opportunities about glaciology, marine and avian biology, geology and plate tectonics. They will explore the Copper River Delta, known for its prolific runs of wild salmon; hike through the Chugach National Forest’s old-growth hemlock and spruce stands; white-water raft on the Sheridan River and travel across the scenic Prince William Sound and Orca Inlet, home to the world’s largest population of sea otters. The trip also includes visits to Childs Glacier and the Alaska Wildlife Center, a rehabilitation facility for injured and orphaned wildlife.

The second-place high school team in the academic competition will win a five-day, fully guided adventure tour of the Great Salt Lake Park, Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. They will hike along the Continental Divide, go white-water rafting down the Snake River and swim in the Great Salt Lake Park before seeing Yellowstone’s geysers, canyons and other geological formations as well as  the West Yellowstone Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. They also will hike at Jenny Lake for spectacular observations of wildlife and tour the Upper Snake River Canyon.

The top three teams will receive trophies and individual medals, and the top 16 high school teams will receive $1,000 for their school’s science department.

In addition to the academic competition, high school teams will be divided into eight divisions and compete in solving hands-on science problems. The division winners in this competition will each receive $500 for their school’s science department.

The top eight middle school teams in the academic competition will each receive $1,000 for their school’s science department and the top three teams will receive trophies and individual medals.

In addition to the academic competition, middle school teams will compete in an electric car competition on April 28, where they race electric model cars they have designed and built. The team with the fastest car and the team judged to have the best engineering design each will win $500 for their school’s science department and the three teams with the fastest cars will receive trophies.

While the academic competition is the primary focus of the weekend, students also will have the opportunity to hear from high-profile speakers on a variety of science topics and to see highlights of the nation’s capital. These activities are designed to further the original goal of the National Science Bowl: to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in those fields.

More than 200,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl since its creation in 1991 and it is now one of the nation’s largest science competitions. DOE’s Office of Science manages the National Science Bowl and sponsors the finals competition.

For more information about the National Science Bowl, please go to http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/


U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science

2013 National Science Bowl®

Participating Teams


  • Alma Bryant High School, Irvington
  • Meridianville Middle School, Hazel Green


  • Mat-Su Career & Technical High School, Wasilla
  • Teeland Middle School, Wasilla


  • BASIS Scottsdale (HS), Scottsdale
  • BASIS Scottsdale (MS), Scottsdale


  • LISA Academy (MS), Little Rock
  • Southside High School, Fort Smith


  • Bellarmine College Preparatory (HS), San Jose
  • Eagle Rock Junior High School, Los Angeles
  • Edison Computech 7-8 (MS), Fresno
  • Hopkins Junior High School, Fremont
  • Mira Loma High School, Sacramento
  • Mission San Jose High School, Fremont
  • North Hollywood High School, North Hollywood
  • Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto
  • Rancho Bernardo High School, San Diego
  • Tehachapi High School, Tehachapi
  • The Harker School (MS), San Jose
  • Tokay High School, Lodi
  • University High School, Irvine
  • University Preparatory School (HS), Redding


  • Lakewood High School, Lakewood
  • Ridgeview Classical Schools (HS), Fort Collins


  • Friendly Isotopes Science Club (MS), Unionville
  • Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury

District of Columbia

  • Woodrow Wilson High School


  • American Heritage School (HS), Plantation
  • Falcon Cove Middle School, Weston


  • Walton High School, Marietta
  • Wesleyan School (MS), Norcross


  • Maui High School, Kahului


  • Idaho Falls High School, Idaho Falls
  • Treasure Valley Math and Science Center (MS), Boise
  • Treasure Valley Math and Science Center (HS), Boise


  • Edward Hurley Elementary School, Chicago
  • Evanston Township High School, Evanston
  • Illinois Math and Science Academy (HS), Aurora
  • Roosevelt Middle School, River Forest


  • Carmel High School, Carmel
  • Creekside Middle School, Carmel


  • Central Lee Middle School, Donnellson
  • Pleasant Valley High School, Bettendorf


  • Blue Valley West High School, Overland Park


  • Calloway County Middle School, Murray
  • Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science (HS), Bowling Green
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Lexington


  • Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Baton Rouge


  • Maine School of Science and Mathematics (HS), Limestone


  • Rockville High School, Rockville
  • Takoma Park Middle School, Silver Spring


  • Jonas Clarke Middle School, Lexington
  • Lexington High School, Lexington


  • Mahtomedi Middle School, Mathomedi
  • St. Paul Central Senior High School, Saint Paul


  • Mississippi School for Math and Science (HS), Columbus
  • Oxford Middle School, Oxford


  • Fort Zumwalt South High School, St. Peters
  • Robert H. Sperreng Middle School, St. Louis


  • Helena High School, Helena
  • Will James Middle School, Billings


  • Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School, Omaha
  • Lincoln East High School, Lincoln


  • Hyde Park Middle School, Las Vegas
  • The Meadows School (HS), Las Vegas

New Jersey

  • Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School, Bridgewater
  • West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, Princeton Junction

New Mexico

  • Albuquerque Academy (MS), Albuquerque
  • Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos

New York

  • Allendale Columbia School (MS), Rochester
  • Bethlehem Central High School, Delmar
  • Bethlehem Central Middle School, Delmar
  • Great Neck South Middle School, Great Neck
  • Hunter College High School, New York
  • Huntington High School, Huntington
  • Nathaniel Rochester Community School (MS), Rochester
  • STEP South Side High School, Rockville Centre
  • Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School (HS), Syracuse

North Carolina

  • North Carolina School of Science and Math (HS), Durham

North Dakota

  • Shanley High School, Fargo


  • Zane Trace Local School (HS), Chillicothe


  • Deer Creek High School, Edmond
  • Monte Cassino Middle School, Tulsa
  • Norman Public Schools Science Club (MS), Norman


  • Ingomar MIddle School, Pittsburgh
  • North Allegheny Senior High School, Wexford

Puerto Rico

  • Baldwin School of Puerto Rico (HS), Bayamon
  • Colegio Catolico Notre Dame (MS), Caguas

South Carolina

  • Haut Gap Middle School, Johns Island
  • Paul M. Dorman High School, Roebuck

South Dakota

  • Rapid City Central High School, Rapid City


  • Blount Home Education Association (MS), Maryville
  • Summit High School, Spring Hill


  • Amarillo High School, Amarillo
  • Canyon Vista Middle School, Austin
  • Dumas Junior High School, Dumas
  • Hector Garcia Middle School, San Antonio
  • John Foster Dulles High School, Sugar Land
  • Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School, Austin
  • Marvin P. Baker Middle School, Corpus Christi
  • Northwest Early College High School, El Paso
  • Paschal High School, Fort Worth
  • Science Academy of South Texas (HS), Mercedes


  • Nysmith School (MS), Herndon
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria


  • Hanford High School, Richland
  • Mountain View High School, Vancouver
  • Olde Middle School - Team Atom (MS), Bellevue
  • Pullman High School, Pullman
  • Seattle Science Infinity Club (MS), Bellevue

West Virginia

  • Parkersburg High School, Parkersburg
  • Suncrest Middle School, Morgantown


  • James Madison Memorial High School, Madison


  • Kelly Walsh High School, Casper