The Southern New England Middle School Science Bowl is a quiz bowl competition of two teams of four students on each team. They must answer challenging science, math, earth & space science, chemistry, energy, and physics questions in a fast paced timed setting. The morning consists of a round-robin competition. The morning results then determine team seeding in an afternoon single elimination competition. The top team in the afternoon will advance to the National Science Bowl online on April 29 – May 3, 2021. In the event that fewer than four people from the winning team can attend, the second place team is invited to the National MSSB.
Teams are approved on a first-come, first-served basis determined by the date/time stamp when the registration is submitted, with first teams taking precedence over second teams – the goal is to have as many different schools participating as possible. To register please visit: the National Science Bowl web site. Your school must register through this site. Registration will close at 4:00PM on Friday, December 11, 2020. Please be aware that we will not accept team registration on the day of the event.
Eligible first teams will be approved by the regional coordinator to participate as soon as possible after registering. Beginning December 11, 2020 and space permitting, eligible second teams will be approved by the regional coordinator to participate, followed by third teams if space is available.
This year, the competition will be entirely virtual. The Southern New England Middle School Science Bowl will be following the same rules as the National Science Bowl to adjust for competing on Zoom. The rules can be found here.
Starting a Team
Middle Schools and Home School Associations are qualified to enter the Southern New England Middle School Science Bowl.
What makes a team? Teams usually consist of 4 or 5 students. Only four students play at a time.
What grades or ages are permitted? Students must be in 6th, 7th or 8th grade and be born on or after September 1, 2005 and on or before April 29, 2011.
May our school have a second team? We will only allow second teams after we feel schools have been given time to register. This may be after the registration deadline. We may create a waiting list that is first come, first serve.
Does a teacher have to be the coach? Ideally yes, but a mentor or parent may serve as a coach with principal consent. If a coach is not an employee of the school, an email will be sent to the school’s principal after submitting your team’s registration online. The principal will then be asked to approve of the coach’s request electronically. We will hold your team’s spot according to date/time of registration for 10 days. Once 10 days have passed, the team’s request may be moved to the bottom of the list.
May a team participate in more than one regional science bowl? No, nor may a student or coach participate in more than one team or regional science bowl.
Is there a team registration cost? Given the circumstances of the 2021 virtual competition, we have waived the $35 registration fee this year.