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2014 Big Sky Science Bowl set for March 7, 8

For immediate release: Feb. 28, 2014
Contact: Judy Shimek, 406-255-2925,

BILLINGS, Mont.—With the nation’s focus on energy independence and sustainability, it is important to promote the benefits of science and math among youth. Western Area Power Administration is doing just that March 7 and 8, by hosting the 22nd Annual Big Sky Regional Science Bowl—a math and science competition for middle and high school students. Hosted by Montana State University-Billings in the Student Union Building, 1500 University Drive, in Billings, Mont., the middle school completion will be held Friday and the high school competition will be held on Saturday. Events both days start at 8 a.m.

Montana high schools contend March 8

Twenty-six teams of high school students from throughout Montana, representing 17 different schools, will test their knowledge of science and vie for the coveted first place prize and a free trip to the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., April 24-28. The regional and national events encourage student involvement in math and science, improve awareness of career options in science and technology and provide an avenue of enrichment, reward and recognition for academic science achievement.

Helena High School, winner of the 2013 Big Sky Science Bowl, will defend its title against other participating schools, including:

  • Absarokee High School

  • Billings Central Catholic High School

  • Billings Senior High School

  • Billings Skyview High School

  • Billings West High School

  • Custer County District High School

  • Dawson County High School

  • Fairfield High School

  • Fergus High School

  • Havre High School

  • Helena High School

  • Nashua High School

  • Park City High School

  • Plentywood High School

  • Poplar High School

  • White Sulphur Springs High School

  • West Yellowstone High School

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

Montana Middle School competition March 7

Just a day before the high school students compete, middle school teams from across Montana will challenge each other in the Montana Middle School Science Bowl competition.

On March 7, at Will James Middle School, 1200 30th Street West, Billings, participants will race lithium ion battery model cars they designed and built. The car competition challenges students to use scientific know-how, creative thinking, experimentation and teamwork to design and build high-performance model electric vehicles.

Seventeen teams from these schools will participate:

  • Absarokee

  • Big Timber

  • Columbus

  • Fairfield

  • Nashua

  • North Middle (Great Falls)

  • Park City

  • Richey

  • Shepherd

  • Simms

  • Will James (Billings)

  • West Yellowstone

As with the Big Sky Regional Science Bowl for high school students, the winning middle school team will advance to the National Science Bowl.

About Science Bowl

Science Bowl is a fast-paced, verbal competition where students answer questions at random from the following subject areas: astronomy, biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, as well as earth and general sciences. Teams range from those that practice rigorously for this year’s event to those fine-tuning their skills for next year. Science Bowl is a proven tool that encourages high school students to excel in math and science and to pursue careers in those fields. By raising the visibility of academic achievement in the sciences, the program has been successful in placing these young people on a par with their peers who excel in athletics.



Competition begins at 8 a.m. in a round-robin format, followed by a double-elimination tournament at 1 p.m. with the championship round set for about 4 p.m. The awards ceremony will follow immediately. Interviews with competing teams and their coaches will be available throughout the day. Media representatives are asked to check in at the registration desk.

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