Science Bowl

Science Bowl 

AISES has received support for a regional science bowl, which will also allow us to capitalize on and draw from the amazing strength and leadership AISES enjoys with its professional chapters. Known now as the SUN Project and made possible by the Department of Energy, AISES will be conducting outreach to urban Native students in STEM. With the support of our Professional Chapters and other partners, the SUN Project will coach and support three middle school science teams to compete in the local competitions in these areas.

The Science Bowl is an academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of math and science. Students will be quizzed in a fast paced question-and-answer format similar to that of a popular TV quiz show.  Competing teams will be composed of four to five students and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach.

Where and When are Regional Science Bowls Held? Regionals run from February to late March as the National Science Bowl which they feed into is held April 30-May 4, 2015.  NOTE:  Registration deadlines and competition dates vary from state to state, and some states have more than one regional competition.  Also, regional science bowls in one state may also serve neighboring states that do not have their own science bowl.  You can check out the registration deadlines and competition dates deadlines for your state here.  

What’s Expected?  The Professional Chapter will identify and recruit teams from schools serving Native American youth in their region.  There may be more than one team from a particular school.  The goal is 3 teams of four students plus one alternate per region.  Teams must be middle school students and must have at least one Native American member each.  Teams must be formed in compliance with NSB Regulations.  Team members must be from the same school and in grades 6-8 (see regulations for age requirements and other specifics). 

Coaches will be chapter members who meet with students and their teacher(s) at their school one to two times per week for 60 to 90 minutes to explain what a science bowl is and the rules and to prepare teams for competition.  Coaching Resources such as sample questions, strategies for success, and rules can be found online.  

Science Bowl Subjects:  Biology and Chemistry, Math and Physics, Earth and Space Science, and Energy and General Science.

Financial Assistance:  Each Professional Chapter will receive financial assistance to help it sponsor and coach three (3) middle school science bowl teams).  Financial assistance will total $6,400.00 for each of the two chapters that are to be selected.  The suggested budget per chapter:

  • $300: for event registration for 3 teams per region, $100 per team
  • $5,025: per region to cover costs associated with coaching all teams (space, refreshments, mileage reimbursements for coaches, t-shirts for students, etc.)
  • $75: AISES memberships for 15 students
  • $1,000: travel assistance to enable the teams per region to attend regional science bowl

Interested?  Interested Professional Chapters may contact Kathy DeerInWater, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Research at or by calling 720.552.6123.

Interested schools/teachers should reach out to the AISES Professional Chapter in their region and encourage them to participate in the SUN Projector contact Kathy DeerInWater (see above).  Professional Chapters and their contact info can be found here.  Chapters are located in the following states:  Alaska, Arizona, California, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Washington, DC., Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 

Application Deadline:  February 15 or sooner (depends on your regional science bowl calendar)!