Omaha middle school students win National Science Bowl regional competition

February 14, 2018

Earlier this month, a team of Omaha middle school students from King Science and Technology Magnet School won the regional competition for the 2018 National Science Bowl® (NSB).

They will advance to the NSB National Finals this spring in Washington, D.C., as announced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

“The National Science Bowl® continues to be one of the premier academic competitions across the country and prepares America’s students for future successes in some of the world’s fastest-growing fields in science, technology, and engineering,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.

The National Science Bowl® 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.

The King Science team faced off in a fast-paced, question-and-answer competition where they solved technical problems and answered questions on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, physics and math.

“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 King Science and Technology Magnet School in advancing to the National Finals, where they will continue to showcase their talents as the top minds in math and science,” said Perry.

The top 16 middle school teams in the National Finals will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments. More than 275,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl® in its 27-year history, making it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions.

The knowledge and study habits that former NSB competitors have acquired have led them to success in a variety of fields. Many have become researchers; others are science and math professors at some of the nation’s top universities.

The NSB said that the math and science knowledge students need to be successful in the competition can also lead to successful careers in other fields. The 2018 NSB competitors will follow in the footsteps of previous National Science Bowl® contestants and will blaze a trail for students in science, math and engineering for the next quarter-century.

The King Science team will be heading to Washington, D.C. to compete in the final round of the National Science Bowl® between April 26 to April 30.