Preston Middle School students won their qualifying regional competition for the 2021 National Science Bowl® (NSB) last weekend and will compete in the NSB National Finals this spring.
The NSB 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.
“I am so proud of the team. They have been flexible, resilient and motivated. They have had to do a lot of learning on their own. They are a very fun group of students that have Science as their No. 1 passion,” said Amy Schmer, principal of Preston Middle School.
Last year, the Preston science bowl team won the 2020 national middle school championship title after competing with top-level teams across the nation in the NSB finals.
A series of regional middle and high school tournaments are being held across the country from January through March. Preliminary rounds will be held throughout April for all regional champions to determine the top 32 teams that will participate in the Elimination Tournament of the National Finals. The Elimination Tournament will be held virtually on May 8 for middle school teams and May 22 for high school teams.
All regional winning schools will receive $500 for their schools’ STEM activities. The top 32 teams will receive additional funds for their schools, depending on how far they advance through the tournament, with the top two teams receiving $5,000.
More than 315,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl® in its 30-year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. More than 14,700 students compete in the NSB each year. More information is available on the NSB website.