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Washington, D.C. – Registration has now opened for the 30th National Science Bowl (NSB), hosted by the Energy Department’s Office of Science. Thousands of students compete in the contest annually as it has grown into one of the largest academic math and science competitions in the country.

Teams of students – four or five students and a teacher who serves as a coach - can sign up to participate in the NSB by registering with the coordinator for their regional competition. Details can be found on the NSB registration page. The competition is divided into two categories: high school and middle school. Regional competitions typically last one or two days and take place throughout the country between January and March.

During the competitions, students participate in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. To help prepare, teams can use sample questions from the NSB website.

The winning team from each qualifying regional competition will compete in the National Finals held in Washington, D.C. from April 30 to May 4, 2020, with all-expenses paid. The national events consist of several days of science activities and sightseeing, along with the competitions.

The top two high school teams nationwide win educational adventure trips. The top middle and high school teams also win funds for their schools’ science departments.

“Innovation requires innovators; today’s students who will be inspired into STEM careers and take on tomorrow’s greatest challenges through transformative work in science and technology” said Secretary Perry. “That’s why I’m so excited about the annual start of the National Science Bowl®. It’s a premier academic competition that challenges and prepares our students to become the scientists and innovators of tomorrow.”

The top 16 high school and middle school teams in the National Finals also will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments.  

More than 305,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl® in its 30-year history. Each year, more than 14,000 students compete in the NSB.

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science manages the National Science Bowl® and sponsors the NSB finals competition. More information is available on the NSB website: