March 6, 2023
On February 25, 2023, 52 teams from 22 different counties across Tennessee convened on the Blount County Campus of Pellissippi State Community College for the 33rd annual Tennessee Science Bowl (TSB). The fast-paced academic competition offers teams of high school students from across the state the chance to test their knowledge in six different disciplines: biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, energy, mathematics, and physics.
The Tennessee Science Bowl, which returned to a fully in-person format for the first time since 2020, pits two teams of four students against each other to see which team can answer the most questions correctly until only one team is left as the champion.
“TSB is more than just a competitive academic event. It highlights the gifts and talents that are all too often not in the spotlight,” said ORISE STEM Workforce Development Project Management Specialist Manon Fleming. “The students who attend TSB are intelligent problem solvers and extremely competitive. Events like TSB help kindle a passion for the STEM fields in the young students who participate, and that passion ultimately helps to sustain our nation’s future workforce.”
Collierville High School (pictured above) from Collierville, Tenn., placed first in the competition and will now compete in the DOE National Science Bowl® in Washington, D.C., scheduled for April 27 – May 1, 2023.
The second place finish went to Williamson County Schools’ Independence High School, third place was Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tenn., and Knox County Schools’ Hardin Valley Academy took home fourth place. The Civility Award, which recognizes the courteous and most respectful team, was awarded to Community High School (not pictured) in Unionville, Tenn.
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