2020 Greater Cincinnati Regional Science Bowl
March 14, 2020





On March 14, 2020, the US Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) will sponsor the Annual Greater Cincinnati High School Regional Science Bowl, one of the area’s premier academic scientific events for high school students, at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, 3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45223.

The exciting all-day Science Bowl competition includes oral question and answer rounds. High School teams consist of four students and one optional alternate student who attempt to outscore opposing student teams first by "Round Robin" format, then by "Double Elimination" format. The winning team proceeds to the next level of competition until only two teams remain. Questions are presented in toss-up-bonus format. Teams are quizzed on their scientific knowledge of:

Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science,
Energy, Mathematics, and Physics


High schools in most of Ohio and Kentucky may register for the 2020 Greater Cincinnati Regional High School Science Bowl beginning October 1, 2019.

Registration is accepted online at https://apps.orau.gov/nsb-coach and is at no cost to participating schools. The competition is limited to the first 24 high school teams that respond. Teams will be enrolled based on the order in which their applications are received. Schools may submit three teams, the first choice "A", second choice "B", third choice “C”.  If 24 high schools do not respond, then the "B" and “C” teams will be used space permitting, again based on the date of entry submission. Schools must be registered online by February 23, 2020.

Each year, the winning regional High School team receives an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the (DOE) National Science Bowl®, a Championship trophy to display at their school, and a medallion for each team member. Second and Third Place team members also receive a trophy and a medallion for each team member. All participants receive a Certificate of Participation and take home gifts for competing in the Regional Science Bowl.

The Greater Cincinnati Regional Science Bowl would not happen without the outstanding support of volunteers. Volunteers vary in scope from DOE EMCBC employees, Legacy Management, DOE Retirees, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Contractor Employees, various businesses, other agencies, and members of the community who share their dedication to advance frontiers in science. The DOE EM Consolidated Business Center encourages involvement through participating and promoting Science Education outreach.

If you, your group, business, or organization would like to be involved with the Greater Cincinnati Regional Science Bowl, have registration or general questions; please contact the Greater Cincinnati Science Bowl Regional Coordinator, Melvin Boyd, by email (mailto:melvin.boyd@emcbc.doe.gov), or by phone at 513-246-0576. The DOE EMCBC mailing address is U.S. Department of Energy c/o Melvin Boyd; 550 Main Street, Room 7-010; Cincinnati, OH 45202.


Science Bowl 2020


High School Regional

Regional Registration

To register your team, be sure to first locate the regional that is designated for your school.

Please note: Registrations are based on the location of your school. Please be sure to select the regional that is designated for your school’s state, county, city, or district.

Locations for the regional competitions can be found by viewing the following links:

Once you have located the regional for your school you may register by clicking here.

For assistance in registration, please review the registration guide here.


Sample Questions

Below are sample questions used at the regional competitions in previous years. Please note: as fields of science advance, the answers to some of the questions change. The files below should be used as a resource for sample questions, not sample answers. Thanks, and good luck at your competition!

Sample Questions Set 1    Sample Questions Set 2    Sample Questions Set 3
Sample Questions Set 4    Sample Questions Set 5    Sample Questions Set 6
Sample Questions Set 7    Sample Questions Set 8    Sample Questions Set 9
Questions Set 10


Coordinator Resources

Coach Registration