Science Bowl

Since 2001, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at ISU has hosted the Indiana Regional of the DOE National Middle School Science Bowl each year. The competition normally takes place on the last Saturday in February in Root Hall on ISU's campus. The event is staffed mostly by ISU faculty and students, and receives financial support from ISU's College of Arts and Sciences.

Competition Format

Teams compete from different schools. A team is 4 or 5 middle school students, with 4 competing at any given time. The moderator reads "toss up" questions from different categories of math and science (see the link to sample questions below), and the first person to ring in gets a chance to answer. When a toss-up question is answered correctly, the team gets a chance at a "bonus" question that the team discusses as a team. See the link below to the official rules for more details.

All teams compete in a round robin fashion during the morning. After lunch, the top 8 teams (based on results from the round robin rounds) compete in a double-elimination tournament to determine the winner of the region. Teams that are eliminated can stay to watch other matches or compete in "fun rounds" after they are eliminated.

Date and Time

The competition is normally the last Saturday in February. For 2017, the contest is on Saturday February 25. The date is normally approved and announced in the summer for the following year. The contest normally begins at 9am, with teams arriving at least 15 minutes early to check-in on site. The final match of the contest is normally around 4-4:30pm.

Location

The contest takes place in the basement classrooms in Root Hall on ISU's campus. The address is 424 N. 7th Street, Terre Haute, Indiana 47809. Team check-in is in room A-011 in the basement. See this google map for the location of Root Hall. Note that all parking lots at ISU are free on the weekend. There are parking lots close to the department off of 7th, 8th, and 9th streets. For more on visiting ISU, see Visiting ISU or Campus Maps (click "PDF Maps" at the top right). Lunch will be in the Sycamore Dining Hall, which is labeled on the google map, and whose address is 401 Chestnut St.

Detailed Schedule and Results

For the 2017 competition the detailed schedule with the match assignments is in this google spreadsheet. Teams should arrive in the basement of Root Hall to check in by 8:45am at the latest. The schedule has been updated to include the results of all matches, including the final placement of all teams.

National Competition

The winning team from each regional contest, including the Indiana Regional, is invited to participate in the national contest in Washington, D.C. The Department of Energy pays for the trip for each winning team (team members and coach) to travel to Washington, D.C. The national event is normally during the last week of April or first week in May, from a Thursday to Monday.

Elligibility

The middle school regional contest is for middle school students only (grades 6, 7, 8). A separate competition for high school students takes place in Indianapolis; see Indiana High School Regional for details. Teams must be approved by the school principal. The Indiana Regional normally takes teams from Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

Refreshments and Lunch

Lunch is provided for all team members and coaches. Light refreshments (Square Donuts, fruit, cookies, drinks) are provided in the morning for all who are present.

Registration

See the official information about the Indiana Regional at the DOE at the link below for information about registering. Registration normally opens sometime in October.

Contact

Dr. Jeff Kinne, jkinne@cs.indstate.edu associate professor of computer science at ISU, is the coordinator for the event. Dr. Henjin Chi, Henjin.Chi@indstate.edu professor of mathematics at ISU, is the co-coordinator and founder of the event.

Resources

Historical Results

The winning teams at the Indiana Middle School Regional have been as follows. Note that the winner of the Indiana Region has won the national competition in 4 out of the 16 years that the national event has taken place.

  • 2017: Sycamore Middle School
  • 2016: Sycamore Middle School (second place at nationals)
  • 2015: Sycamore Middle School
  • 2014: Sycamore Middle School
  • 2013: Creekside Middle School (first place at nationals)
  • 2012: Creekside Middle School
  • 2011: Sycamore Middle School
  • 2010: Klondike Middle School
  • 2009: Honey Creek Middle School
  • 2008: Honey Creek Middle School
  • 2007: Honey Creek Middle School (first place at nationals)
  • 2006: Honey Creek Middle School (first place at nationals)
  • 2005: Honey Creek Middle School (first place at nationals)
  • 2004: Honey Creek Middle School
  • 2003: Honey Creek Middle School
  • 2002: Honey Creek Middle School
  • 2001: Honey Creek Middle School