A team of high school students from Marshfield, Wisconsin won the Wisconsin regional competition for the 2019 National Science Bowl® (NSB), held Jan 12 at Milwaukee School of Engineering. The students  will advance to compete in the NSB National Finals this spring in Washington, D.C.  

The competition is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). It brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete in a fast-paced question-and-answer format where they solve technical problems and answer questions on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, physics, and math.  

New Berlin Eisenhower High School took second place, and Brookfield Academy took third place.   “The National Science Bowl® has grown into one of the most prestigious and competitive science academic competitions in the country, challenging students to excel in the STEM fields so vital to America’s future,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.

“I am proud to oversee a department that provides such a unique and empowering opportunity for our nation’s students, and I am honored to congratulate Marshfield High School for advancing to the National Finals, where they will be competing against some of the brightest science, technology and engineering students across the country.”  

The Wisconsin Regional Competition was sponsored by Johnson Controls, coordinated by the MSOE STEM office, and supported by numerous faculty, staff and student volunteers.  

A series of 111 regional middle school and high school tournaments are being held across the country from January through March. Winners will advance to represent their areas at the National Science Bowl® held from April 25 to April 29 in Washington, D.C., for the final middle school and high school competitions. The top 16 high school teams and the top 16 middle school teams in the National Finals will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments. Prizes for the top two high school teams for the 2019 NSB will be announced at a later date.  

The first and second place high school teams from the 2018 NSB received all-expenses-paid science trips to Alaska, where they learned more about glaciology, marine and avian biology, geology, and plate tectonics. More than 290,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl® in its 28-year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. More than 14,000 students compete in the NSB each year. DOE’s Office of Science manages the NSB Finals competition. More information is available on the NSB website: http://www.science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/.