CONTACT: Philip Reed, mediarelations@wapa.gov, 720-962-7063

BILLINGS, Mont. — Nineteen middle schools and high schools will compete in a statewide science and math competition March 6 and March 7, respectively, for the opportunity to represent Montana at the Department of Energy National Science Bowl this spring. 

What: Big Sky Regional Middle School and High School Science Bowls

Dates: March 6 for middle schools | March 7 for high schools

Times for both days: 8 a.m.  Opening ceremony, 8:15 a.m. Competition begins, 1 p.m. Double elimination, 4:30 p.m. Championship round

Where: Montana State University-Billings, Liberal Arts Building | 1500 University Drive, Billings, MT 

Who: Interviews available on request with students, teachers, school staff and WAPA and other volunteers

Admission: Free and open to the public

Media check in: Registration desk

The 28th annual Big Sky Regional Science Bowls, hosted by Western Area Power Administration, will test students’ knowledge of biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy and math in a fast-paced quiz format that requires students to answer questions in as little as five seconds. Each team is made up of four students, a student alternate and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. 

The winning high school and middle school teams will receive a free trip to the national event in Washington, D.C., April 30-May 4 to compete against their peers from across the U.S.

Participating high schools

Billings West High School Team 1, winner of the 2019 Montana Regional High School Science Bowl, will defend its title against 11 other participating schools, including:

       • Absarokee 

       • Billings Central Catholic

       • CM Russel – Great Falls 

       • Capital – Helena 

       • Chester-Joplin-Inverness 

       • Helena High 

       • Judith Gap

       • Lima 

       • Plentywood 

       • Red Lodge 

       • Skyview 

Participating middle schools

North Middle School Team 1 from Great Falls, winner of the 2019 Big Sky Regional Middle School Science Bowl, will defend its title against six other participating schools, including:

       • Absarokee 

       • Nashua 

       • Park City 

       • Poplar 

       • Saint Francis – Billings 

       • St Charles Mission – Pryor 

The public is invited to watch the competition and support the teams. Admission is free. 


About the National Science Bowl: The Department of Energy created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in math and science as well as pursue careers in these fields. About 265,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its 28-year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States.

About WAPA: WAPA annually markets and transmits more than 25,000 gigawatt hours of clean, renewable power from 57 federal hydroelectric powerplants owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 15 western and central states. It is part of the Department of Energy. Follow us on Twitter @WesternAreaPowr or visit the website at www.wapa.gov​.

Last modified on September 12th, 2023