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U.S. Department of Energy selects Anchorage as official host site for National Science Bowl





The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), sponsor of the National Science Bowl® (NSB) in Washington, D.C., has selected Anchorage as the official Host Site for the Alaska regional competitions to be held in March 2013.
Middle School (Grades 6-8) and High School (Grades 9-12) are invited to register a team and participate in the 1st Annual Alaska Regional Science Bowl to be held in Anchorage in March 2013.  The winning High School and Middle School Teams will each receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the prestigious National Science Bowl® finals in April 2013.  

The High School National Science Bowl® was instituted by the Department of Energy in 1991 as a highly competitive science education and academic event; it is now in its 23rd successful year.  Teams of high school students compete in a fast-paced Jeopardy-style verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math.  Since its inception, the NSB has brought together more than 100,000 high school science and math students from across the country to compete on topics in biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, general science, and mathematics.  This year's grand prize for the winner of the national competition is an all-expenses-paid trip to Alaska.  Second prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to Yellowstone National Park.

 The National Science Bowl® for Middle School Students was started by the DOE in 2002 and includes two types of competitions — an academic math and science competition and a model car race.  The academic competition is a fast-paced Jeopardy-style question-and-answer contest where students answer a range of science-related questions, including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, astronomy, and math. The model car competition provides students with a “hands-on” science and engineering experience where the teams design, build, and race their model cars.  Prizes awarded in 2012 included cash awards, calculators, PDAs, and trophies.  

These regional finalists represent some of America’s most promising future leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math.  Over the years, the NSB has inspired high school and middle school students nationwide to excel in the areas of math and science and to pursue careers in those fields.  In addition to the academic and model car competitions, students are given the opportunity to explore the sights of our nation's capital and attend presentations by well-known scientists on current topics in math and the sciences.  

Each team is composed of four students, one alternate, and a coach/advisor, usually a Science or Math Teacher.  Regional elimination tournaments are held throughout the country, and the winning teams from the regional competitions receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals, which will be held April 25-29, 2013.

High School and Middle School Science and Math Teachers who wish to serve as Coaches/Advisors can register their teams by visiting the websites below.  Coaches can register their teams using the

Registration link the first time and then log back into their account at the Coach Login link after that.  The registrations may be completed in multiple sessions if a Coach wants to hold a place for the team while in the process of selecting team members.  The Coaches of the winning teams will accompany their teams to Washington, D.C., in April 2013 to compete in the nationals.
School Coaches must register their teams by December 1, 2012. See the link to the website on this page.

If you have any questions, would like more information, or need assistance registering your team, please call or email Cindy Carl, Regional Coordinator, at:  


Work:  (907) 343-2744 (M-F 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Cell:    (907) 342-9046 (evenings and weekends)



National Science Bowl website

Press release from the U.S. Dept. of Energy