Energy Department Announces Prizes for 2013 National Science Bowl

Apr 9, 2013 by

Winners of Regional Middle and High School Science Bowl Competitions to Compete for National Championship in Washington, D.C. from April 25-29

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


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

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