• Science Bowl

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics.  Middle and high school student teams from diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. These teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.

    Click here to download the National Science Bowl Rules  SCIENCE BOWL RULES

    Follow this link to the Southwest PA Regional Science Bowl homepage http://www.swpasciencebowl.com/index.html 

    IMS Science Bowl Club 2019-20

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics.  Middle school student teams from diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. These teams face-off in a fast-paced question-answer format, being tested on a range of disciplines including Life Science, Physical Science, General Science, Earth science, Energy, and Math.

    Each year at IMS, the Science Bowl club forms in the Fall.  All interested students are welcome to be part of the Science Bowl Club and participate in the practice sessions during the year.  However, not all club members will compete at the Science Bowl regional tournament. 

    Students who are interested in joining the club will go through two preliminary rounds of testing.  In the first round, students will take a paper/pencil test to quiz their knowledge in the content that Science Bowl covers.  In the second round, students go “head-to-head” against several other students in the quiz bowl format that is used at the Science Bowl.  This tests both their content knowledge and their competition performance.  Results of this preliminary testing help group students into practice squads.

    Places on the competition teams are determined by the combined score from preliminary testing rounds, and by performance at team practices over the course of several months.   Typically, IMS is allowed to register 3 teams of 5 students (4 members plus an alternate) for a total of 15 students who will compete at the regional tournament in late February/early March.

    The top five performers will make up competition Team One, the next five make Team Two, and the next five make Team Three.  Other club members are welcome to come to the Science Bowl regional tournament as score keepers, assistants and observers, but won’t be registered with the Department of Energy as contestants.


    Practice is from 3pm – 4pm in IMS ROOM 201.   Students must be picked up by 4:15pm!

    • Science Bowl Paper Test – Friday - November 15th - Activity Period (Cafeteria)
    • Practice - Tuesday – November 19th
    • Practice - Tuesday – November 26th
    • Practice - Tuesday – December 3rd  
    • Practice - Tuesday – December 10th
    • Practice - Tuesday – December 17th
    • Practice - Tuesday – January 7th
    • Practice - Tuesday – January 14th
    • Practice - Tuesday – January 21st
    • Practice - Tuesday – February 4th
    • Practice - Tuesday – February 11th
    • Practice - Tuesday – February 18th
    • Practice - Tuesday – February 25th
    • SWPA Regional Science Bowl - Saturday – February 29th from 7:30am to 3:30pm at:

    CCAC – South Campus, Bldg. B, West Mifflin, PA

    You must provide your own transportation to the Science Bowl Competition


     SCIENCE BOWL Resources and Suggestions for Preparation and Study or click here to download SCIENCE BOWL STUDY RESOURCES
    • Publisher contacts:

    McGraw Hill


    http://www.mheducation.com/External link

    Pearson Education


    www.pearsoned.comExternal link

    Franklin, Beedle, & Associates


    www.fbeedle.comExternal link

    Jones and Bartlett Learning


    www.Jblearning.comExternal link

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


    www.hmhco.comExternal link

    Reference Material:

    http://academicearth.org/External link -- Courses in a variety of subjects from the world’s top scholars 
    http://www.khanacademy.org/External link -- videos about everything. 
    http://www.larrygonick.com/External link -- Cartoon Guide series 
    http://quizlet.com/subject/science-bowl/External link -- Flash cards 
    http://www.sciencegems.com/External link  -- Frank Potter’s science gems is a huge resource categorized by content area and grade level: K – 16.

    The American Heritage Student Science Dictionary
    A Dictionary of Science (Oxford Paperback Reference) 
    The Handy Science Answer Book, a compilation by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburg

    http://www.mathwords.com/External link -- Math Vocabulary
    http://mathworld.wolfram.com/External link

    Beyond Numeracy by John Allen Paulos 
    Mathematics:  A Human Endeavor by Harold Jacobs
    The Joy of Mathematics by Theoni Pappas
    More Joy of Mathematics by Theoni Pappas 
    The Harper Collins Dictionary of Mathematics
    The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics

    http://www.energy4me.org/energy-facts/External link
    www.need.orgExternal link   
    www.eia.gov/kidsExternal link
    DOE Energy Literacy guide: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/pdfs/energy_literacy_1_0_high_res.pdf
    External link

    Energy For Keeps, Nemzer et al 
    The NEED Energy Info books - available free at www.need.orgExternal link

    http://www.biology-questions-and-answers.com/index.htmlExternal link
    http://www.biology4kids.com/External link

    Campbell Biology 9/E – AP edition
    Biology 8th edition by Solomon Berg and Martin
    Biology by Raven, Johnson, Losos and Singer

    www.physicsclassroom.comExternal link
    http://www.physics4kids.com/External link

    Conceptual Physics by Hewitt
    Conceptual Physical Science by Hewitt, Suchocki, Hewitt
    Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick and Walker.  8th Edition
    Universe by Freedman and Kaufman

    www.chem4kids.comExternal link
    http://chemed.chem.purdue.edu/genchem/topicreview/index.phpExternal link college chemistry review from purdue
    http://www.meta-synthesis.com/webbook.htmlExternal link  -- chemogenesis is a novel approach to understanding chemical reactivity.
    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/General_ChemistryExternal link  -- Wiki books provides a general rundown of chemistry basics
    http://antoine.frostburg.edu/chem/senese/101/glossary.shtmlExternal link -- a good and complete glossary of chemistry terms

    Conceptual Physical Science by Hewitt, Suchocki, Hewitt
    Chemistry: The Central Science with MasteringChemistry® (12th Edition) – older editions are great and much less expensive to purchase.

    Earth and Space Science
    http://www.geography4kids.com/External link
    http://www.learnearthscience.com/External link  (good glossary of earth science terms and interactive quizzes)
    http://sciencepage.org/earth.htmExternal link  (this is a very general site with excellent selected resources – some guidance required for students)

    Earth Science (With CD-ROM) by Edward J. Tarbuck, Frederick K. Lutgens, Dennis Tasa, Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Earth Science and the Environment (with EarthScienceNow and InfoTrac) by Graham R. Thompson, Jon Turk, Publisher: Brooks Cole


Last Modified on September 5, 2019