Regional Science Bowl

Growing Scientific Communities from the Ground Up

Jeopardy! is America’s favorite quiz game show. Imagine combining the concept of Jeopardy! with science and a roomful of more than 100 middle- and high-school students from various schools across several counties. What do you get? The Regional Science Bowl! Often known as the Super Bowl of science, Regional Science Bowls provide the perfect opportunity for middle- and high-school students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to compete in teams for the chance to represent their school at the National Science Bowl® in Washington D.C. 


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 math. Middle and high school teams comprise four students from diverse backgrounds, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor 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.

DOE created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in math and science and to pursue careers in these fields. Approximately 275,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its 27-year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. In 1991, 18 regional high-school tournaments took place; this year, more than more than 9,000 high school students and 4,500 middle school students will compete in 65 high school and 50 middle school regional Science Bowl tournaments.

NETL has been hosting regional qualifying competitions since the very beginning. NETL facilitates two regional Science Bowls: the West Virginia Regional Science Bowl (WVSB) and the Western Pennsylvania Regional Science Bowl (WPASB). 

Get Involved

If you are interested in putting a team together at your school, attending to watch the competition, volunteering or being an event sponsor, please visit the following websites for information on the Regional Science Bowls: 

Western PA Science Bowl

West Virginia Science Bowl