Middle School Science Bowl

This is our middle school National Science Bowl® page. Go to our high school page

National Science Bowl Competition

After you’ve used all the practice questions from the U.S. Department of Energy each year, where do you get more questions? Here! It’s really hard to find practice questions in the “Energy” category anywhere else!

How does Science Bowl work?

Each tournament game is between two teams and has tossup questions (buzz when you know the answer) and bonus questions (one bonus question is read after each correct tossup answer, only to the team of four students who answered it). Questions may be “short answers” (1-2 words, like “Einstein”) or “multiple choice” (W, X, Y or Z, as those are the 4 choices, not ABCD). Games finish when the clock runs out or when all tossup questions have been read, whichever comes first. The subject of each question (physical science, life science, general science, math, earth and space science, or energy), and whether it’s short answer or multiple choice, is announced before the question is read. Buzzing to interrupt the reader is allowed, but risky, as a wrong answer in that situation adds points to the other team and knocks your team out of that question.

Dozens of regions across the U.S. run a regional Science Bowl tournament each year. In each region, the winning team receives an all expenses paid trip (for up to five students) to Washington, D.C. for the national finals. In the finals, teams are usually divided into several groups and play a round robin tournament against the other schools in their group. The top teams in each group move to the final rounds, which go by double elimination (play until you lose twice) until one team is left that has fewer than two losses. A similar tournament is also held at the high school level, with harder questions.

Why buy our Science Bowl practice sets?

We are past head writers for Science Bowl. Each of the 16 tournament sets below contains 4 tournament games (or 100 tossups and 100 bonuses) of Science Bowl questions that are not in the free sets posted online by the Department of Energy. Thus, the schools/teams in your area can play real games before your regional Science Bowl tournament without worrying that the schools have already heard the questions. Participating teams can pay a part of the cost for a set and then receive a copy of the set after the tournament. You can even let your local underprivileged schools play for free!

Plus, it’s really hard to find practice questions in the “Energy” category anywhere else!

Plus, we have had several clients over the years finish in the top 10 at the National Middle School Science Bowl!

Are any of your tournament sets less than full price?

We have reduced the price of our four “old” Science Bowl tournaments from previous years (before the Energy category was created) by 50% , and eight other tournaments with Energy questions by 25%, to make it even easier for new schools to get started!

We even accept Venmo for payment because of our PayPal affiliation.

Can we see some sample questions first?

Our free sample questions for National Science Bowl are now combined with other free samples into one middle school file and one high school file (specify which one you want).

If you already have a PayPal account, use your credit card to buy any set below.

If you don’t have a PayPal account, call us with your card number ready and we will use our PayPal app to enter your information. We will e-mail you a receipt.


(each game is 25 tossups & 25 bonuses)

With Energy category

Middle School Tournament #16 NEW FOR 2023-24! $79
Middle School Tournament #15 $79
Middle School Tournament #14 $79
Middle School Tournament #13 $79
25% OFF! Middle School Tournaments #9 – #12 (16 games) $239
25% OFF! Middle School Tournaments #5 – #8 (16 games) $239

Without Energy category

50% OFF! Middle School Tournaments #1 – #4 (16 games) $159

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