INL News Release
March 7, 2018

Lori McNamara, 208-520-6066, 
Sarah Neumann, 208-520-1651,


High school, middle school teams to compete in Eastern Idaho Science Bowl

IDAHO FALLS – Southeastern ldaho high school and middle school students are testing their math and science knowledge this week at the Department of Energy Office of Science Workforce for Teachers and Scientist Idaho Science Bowl sponsored by Idaho National Laboratory and the Department of Energy Office of Science Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientist Program (DOE-SC-WDTS).

This is the 28th year INL has sponsored a math and science quiz-bowl tournament in which teams of students buzz in to answer questions, and the fourth year that middle school students will be included.

Teams will compete in the Jeopardy-style tournament held Thursday, March 8, for high school students and Friday, March 9, for middle school students. Details include:

High School Division – Thursday, March 8

The high school tournament will take place in Idaho Falls at University Place, 1776 Science Center Drive, and the College of Eastern Idaho, 1600 S. 25th E.

In the high school competition, 21 teams in three divisions based on school enrollment will compete in a round-robin tournament. The schedule for Thursday is as follows: At University Place, the Class C (small schools) will begin competing at 8:30 a.m., while the Class A (large schools) will begin at 12:30 p.m. The Class B (medium schools) will begin competing at 10 a.m. in the John E. Christofferson Building on the campus of College of Eastern Idaho. The top two teams from each division will advance to the six-team Champion of Champions competition at 3:30 p.m., concluding with the awards ceremony immediately following the final round at University Place.

Teams competing this year in the high school division are:

  • Class A: Bonneville High School, Century High School, Hillcrest High School, Idaho Falls High School, Jerome High School, Skyline High School and Twin Falls High School in the large-school division.
  • Class B: American Falls High School, Kimberly High School, Marsh Valley High School, Preston High School and South Fremont High School in the medium-school division.
  • Class C: Butte County High School, Challis High School, Mackay High School, Malad High School, Oakley High School, Ririe High School, Soda Springs High School, West Jefferson High School and West Side High School in the small-school division.

Middle School Division – Friday, March 9

A record 18 middle school teams will compete in four round-robin tournaments beginning at 8:30 a.m., with the top team in each pool advancing to the Champion of Champions beginning at noon and concluding at approximately 1:30 p.m. Middle school tournaments will be held at University Place.

The winning teams will earn the right to represent the region at the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl. Teams from across the nation will be competing in the National Science Bowl finals April 26-30 in Washington, D.C.

DOE-SC-WDTS launched the competition in 1991 to encourage students to excel in science and math and to pursue careers in those fields.

Teams competing in the middle school division are:

Alameda Middle School (two teams), Holy Spirit Catholic School, Idaho Science and Technology Charter School (two teams), Jerome Middle School, Mackay Middle School, Malad Middle School (two teams), Preston Junior High (two teams), Rigby Middle School (two teams), Teton Middle School (two teams), Vera C. O’Leary Junior High, Twin Falls Junior High (two teams), and West Jefferson Junior High.

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