Science Bowl

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Science Bowl is a quizbowl-like competition using only science questions. It could be called the bastard child of quizbowl and government-bureaucratized science. It is run and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Unique features of Science Bowl

  • The strict adherence to rules of any kind. A example is "10 to the −1" not being accepted for ".1" or "1/10" in a short answer question.
  • There are two types of questions: multiple choice, which have to be answered by repeating the correct choice exactly word-for-word or by saying the corresponding letter (w, x, y, or z), and short answer
  • Tossups and bonuses are interchangeable, but are worth 4 and 10 points respectively.
  • Officially, five staff are required to run one game room: a reader, a scorekeeper, a timekeeper, a scientific judge, and a rules judge. Sometimes rooms will have two scientific judges, or two or three rules judges. At many regional and invitational meets, however, fewer staff are used.
  • When answering incorrectly in the middle of a tossup, 4 points are awarded to the other team, rather than losing 4 points for your team.
  • Blurting, or saying the answer before being recognized, results in 4 points for the other team, and they get a chance to answer the question.
  • The national tournament also features a number of non-quizbowl competitions, like an electric car race and design competition.

Academic Competition Results

High School

Year Champion Second Third Fourth
2020 Dougherty Valley
2019 Wayzata
2018 Lexington
2017 Lexington
2016 Montgomery Blair
2015 Mira Loma
2014 Mira Loma Westview (OR) Regis Baton Rouge Magnet
2013 Mira Loma NCSSM Lexington University (Irvine, CA)
2012 Lexington North Hollywood Mira Loma Morgantown
2011 Mira Loma Montgomery Blair Sunset Hunter
2010 NCSSM Mira Loma North Hollywood Arcadia
2009 Mira Loma Lexington Oak Ridge Santa Monica
2008 Santa Monica Mira Loma Thomas Jefferson Fairview
2007 Poudre State College East Chapel Hill Miami Palmetto
2006 State College North Hollywood Santa Monica Albany
2005 Thomas Jefferson Mission San Jose Walton Wootton
2004 Thomas Jefferson A&M Consolidated Baton Rouge Montgomery Blair
2003 Thomas Jefferson Centerville A&M Consolidated Allderdice
2002 Thomas Jefferson Boulder Mission San Jose Sycamore
2001 North Hollywood
2000 duPont Manual
1999 Montgomery Blair
1998 Valley
1997 Venice
1996 Venice
1995 Van Nuys
1994 Westminster
1993 Albany
1992 Lubbock
1991 Lubbock

Middle School

Year Champion Second Third Fourth
2014 Greater Boston Math & Science JDroids Science Club Takoma Park Science Infinity
2013 Creekside (Carmel, IN) Takoma Park (Montgomery Co., MD) Hopkins (Fremont, CA) Treasure Valley
2012 Hopkins (Fremont, CA) Longfellow Seattle Science Infinity Club (not a school) Treasure Valley
2011 Gale Ranch (San Ramon Co., CA) Shahala (Clark Co., WA) Hopkins (Fremont, CA) Van Antwerp
2002 Samford (Auburn, AL)