The U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl® is a nationwide competition held annually to promote science and technology in education. High school students compete as teams in an action-packed quiz bowl format to answer questions on science, math, and engineering.

The West Virginia Regional Science Bowl® is one of many regional competitions held for high school teams across the country to select participants for the National Science Bowl held in Washington D.C. West Virginia students have represented the state admirably at the national competition in recent years. In 2012, the West Virginia Regional Science Bowl Winner, Morgantown High School finished in 4th place at the National Science Bowl, ranking as one of the elite high school science teams in the United States. In 2009, Woodrow Wilson High School from Beckley was one of the 16 double elimination finalists at the National Science Bowl, ranking them as one of the top 16 schools in the country.

Following the recommendation of the National Science Bowl Coordinators, all regional science bowls will be virtual this year. To be able to serve as many schools as possible, the West Virginia Science Bowl coordinators have removed the requirement for high school teams to participate in a RESA level competition and expanded the number of participating teams to 48. The Middle School competition will remain at 24 teams. Acceptance to the competition will be on a first-come/first-served basis via registration on the National Science Bowl Website beginning October 1 (second teams will be considered after November 13th).

Format Summary

The 2021 Regional Science Bowl competition lasts all day and will be hosted virtually via Zoom. Each student must be available via computer with web camera or smartphone for a Zoom meeting (password protected with hidden meeting IDs). In addition, another device with a camera must also be on the Zoom call via the Zoom app, to show the student’s workspace and surrounding area the entire time to help the moderator ensure the students are not breaking any rules. If multiple students are in one location, there should be one additional camera for each student. Each coach and co-coach may also be in the Zoom meeting. For each coach, another device with a camera must also be on the Zoom call via the Zoom app, to show the coach’s entire person from the side. Any other adults in the same room with the students should also have a camera facing them. Each team will participate in the Preliminary Round, in which each team will be read the same set of toss-up questions. If the team gets the toss-up question correct, they will have an opportunity to answer the bonus question. The 24 middle school and 32 high school teams with the most points will advance to the Elimination Tournament. Teams consist of four contestants and one alternate. Questions are multiple choice or short answer and come from the following categories: biology, chemistry, earth and space science, energy, mathematics, and physics. During questioning, any team member will have a chance to buzz-in to correctly answer a Toss-Up question, earning them 4 points and the chance at a follow-up Bonus question for 10 more points. Questioning continues until time or the list of questions runs out. There are more rules than those described here, so a more complete set of rules for the 2021 competition may be found online at online.

Important Contacts

Kinsey Walker (304) 285-0979
WV Science Bowl Regional Co-coordinator

Andrew Melone (304) 285-4408
WV Science Bowl Regional Co-coordinator

Ken Mechling (412) 386-7249
WV Science Bowl Regional Coordinator

Jen Robertson
WV Science Bowl Regional Assistant Coordinator
West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia
Office: (304)293-8130