Annual competition has been managed by ORAU on behalf of DOE since 1991

In this annual event, Tennessee high school students face off in a fast-paced, academic science and math competition. The Tennessee Science Bowl aims to inspire STEM-related academic and career aspirations in students across the state.

The regional competition features teams of students from public, private and home schools who compete in a question-and-answer format in which two student teams attempt to answer toss-up and bonus questions. Teams are randomly placed in divisions and play against the teams 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 team receives an all-expenses paid trip to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® in Washington, D.C. The National Science Bowl® is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in a wide range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math. The most recent National Science Bowl involved more than 13,000 students and is the only science competition in the United States sponsored by a federal agency. 

The Tennessee Science Bowl is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office and other local businesses including ORAU, which manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education on behalf of DOE and has partnered with the agency to coordinate the Tennessee Science Bowl since it was launched in 1991.

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