Middle School Science Bowl

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Middle and high school student teams from diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an adviser and coach. These teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Energy, and Math.

Middle School Science Bowl practice at TVMSC typically begins towards the end of October with the regional tournament at the end of January.  Practices continue until the end of April if a TVMSC team wins the regional tournament. Middle School Science Bowl is open to students who are in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.  

Congratulations to the TVMSC Middle School Science Bowl team, William Wang (East/TVMSC), Daniel Fernandez (Riverglen/TVMSC), Justin Siek (Les Bois/TVMSC), Vishali Sutharsan (Les Bois/TVMSC), and Luke Bousfield (Timberline/TVMSC) on their performance at the National Middle School Science Bowl Competition. From April 25th – 29th, 2019, this team of five students traveled to Bethesda, MD for this multi-day competition, representing the State of Idaho and the city of Boise as the regional winners. At the National Science Bowl level, competition involves two formats of challenges that include a Jeopardy-style competition on a Saturday and a quest-like competition on Sunday. Only the top five percent of competitors in Middle School Science Bowl nationwide make it to the Nationals. Of those, only the top 33% make it into the double elimination rounds of the Jeopardy style competition. The team from TVMSC made it into the double elimination rounds on Saturday, winning $1000 for their school. In the Cyber Challenge competition on Sunday, the team placed an impressive fifth place overall. Very impressive performance! 

Students from TVMSC actually participate on numerous teams, in addition to the team from the Center. Students will also complete on teams for their neighborhood schools, as well as with TVMSC.  This competition is a Jeopardy-style competition where students us buzzers to try to be the first to correctly answer questions relating to mathematics or a range of science areas.  Competition is fierce and the demonstration of strong abilities was impressive. The best part of all was the consistent demonstration of sportsmanship and respect that the participants showed for one another. 


For additional information please contact Ms. Ekhoff or  Dr. MacLean.