The U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl® is a nationwide competition held annually to promote science and technology engineering and math (STEM). Middle and 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 middle and high school teams across the country to select participants for the National Science Bowl held near 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 West Virginia Regional Science Bowl Coordinators, the WVSB 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.
The 2023 West Virginia Regional Science Bowl competitions last 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 that the students are adhering to the 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. Each team will participate in three Preliminary Rounds, 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. Teams with the most points will advance to the Elimination Rounds. Teams consist of four to five students and one adult coach. 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 correctly answer a Toss-Up question, earning them 4 points and the chance at a follow-up Bonus question for 10 more points. There are more rules than those described here, so a more complete set of rules for the 2023 competition may be found online at online.
Ken Mechling (412) 386-7249
WV Science Bowl Regional Coordinator
Alicia Delmastro (412) 386-4824
WV Science Bowl Regional Co-Coordinator
Kylee Underwood (304) 285-4445
WV Science Bowl Regional Volunteer Coordinator
WV Science Bowl Regional Assistant Coordinator
West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia