Tennessee Science Bowl Annual competition inspires students to pursue STEM studies and careers

Each year, high school students from across Tennessee face off in a fast-paced, academic science and math competition for a chance to win a spot in the Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl. The Tennessee Science Bowl is annually managed by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education in hopes of inspiring students to pursue STEM-related studies and careers.

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Competition guidelines

This regional competition features teams of students from public, private and home schools who compete in a question-and-answer format. Teams compete two at a time, answering toss-up and bonus questions. The teams are randomly placed in divisions and play against others within their division during the round-robin rounds. The top two teams in each division advance to the double-elimination rounds in the afternoon.

The winning Tennessee team receives an all-expenses paid trip to DOE’s National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. later in the year. The National Science Bowl® is a nationwide academic STEM competition that tests students in a wide range of science topics, including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy and math. The National Science Bowl involves more than 13,000 students nationwide and is the only science competition in the United States sponsored by a federal agency. 

The Tennessee Science Bowl is sponsored by DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Site Office and other local businesses including ORAU, which manages ORISE on behalf of DOE and has been a partner since the event was launched in 1991.

What kinds of questions are asked at the Science Bowl?

Check out these sample questions that were used at the regional competitions in previous years (from the National Science Bowl website).

Tennessee Science Bowl teammates prepare to answer a question

Science Bowl Prep voice app

Teams can practice for the Tennessee Science Bowl using the all-new Science Bowl Prep voice app on either an Amazon Echo (Alexa) device or Google Home device, as well as their respective apps on a smartphone. The Science Bowl Prep app is designed to simulate real game play with the voice assistant serving as the moderator. When students launch Science Bowl Prep, they can select a round, and the voice assistant will ask the first question. Contestants give their answers directly to the digital assistant by voice.

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The Tennessee Science Bowl is the largest regional science bowl in the nation, reaching more unique schools than any other science bowl event. Watch the video to learn more about this exciting annual competition.