New Berlin Eisenhower High School students won the Wisconsin regional competition for the 2020 National Science Bowl® (NSB), held Jan. 18 at Milwaukee School of Engineering. This spring the students  will compete in Washington, D.C. at the NSB National Finals.  

The competition is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). It 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.  

Middleton High School (Middleton, Wisconsin) took second place, and James Madison Memorial High School (Madison, Wisconsin) took third place.

“The National Science Bowl® continues to be one of the premier academic competitions across the country, preparing America's next-generation for future success in the ever-expanding fields of science, technology, and engineering,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette. “The Department of Energy is committed to fostering opportunities for our nation’s students, and we congratulate Eisenhower Middle/High School in advancing to the National Finals, where they will continue to showcase their talents as the top minds in math and science.”  

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 112 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® to be held from April 30 to May 4 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 2020 NSB will be announced at a later date. The first and second place high school teams from the 2019 NSB received all expenses-paid science trips to Alaska, where they learned about glaciology, marine and avian biology, geology, and plate tectonics.  

More than 305,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl® in its 29-year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. More than 14,700 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: