For more than 30 years, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC), managed by Honeywell FM&T have sponsored the Kansas City Regional Science Bowl, which aims to get students excited about science and math, and to inspire them to pursue careers in these fields. With STEM jobs growing three times faster than other sectors, KCNSC is working to boost the region’s talent pipeline.
The National Science Bowl® is a fast-paced question and answer competition covering biology, chemistry, physics, earth and space, energy, and mathematics. Teams of four students compete in qualifying rounds consisting of at most 23 “toss-up” and “bonus” questions. The winners of the qualifying rounds meet in a final head-to-head match to determine the 2023 Regional Champion. This year, 14 Kansas teams and seven Missouri teams representing 10 high schools and three middle schools participated in the event.
Olathe North High School in Overland Park won the Kansas high school regional and Ladue Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis won the Missouri high school regional. Lakewood Middle School in Overland Park won the Kansas middle school regional. All three teams will compete against other regional winners at the DOE National Science Bowl on April 27-May 1 in Washington, D.C.
“It was great seeing students excited about STEM at the Science Bowl. There is hope for the future of science and mathematics in the hands of these bright young people," said Lillian Cooper, a coordinator for the regional Science Bowl.
Photos of the winning teams are on the following pages.
About the National Science Bowl ®
The DOE 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. These teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.
The DOE created the National Science Bowl® in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. Approximately 325,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl® throughout its 31-year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions.
About the Kansas City National Security Campus
The Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC), located in Kansas City and Albuquerque, is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s collection of laboratories and production facilities within the Nuclear Security Enterprise. Decades of experience, attention to quality, and precision engineering expertise makes KCNSC a premier advanced manufacturing facility. Employees at the KCNSC support our national security mission, protecting our country and our allies around the world. Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, LLC (FM&T), manages and operates the KCNSC. To learn more, visit kcnsc.doe.gov