Wayne State College

Science Bowl

Policies and Forms

Nebraska School Science Bowl Coaches,

Welcome to the 17th annual Nebraska Middle School Science Bowl regional and the fifth annual Nebraska High School Science Bowl, to be held on Feb. 1 and Feb. 8, 2020, at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. We hope you and your students have a fun day at this year’s competition!

We will be ready to begin registering teams at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning in the atrium of the Kanter Student Center. After registering your team, immediately proceed to the Frey Conference Suite in the Student Center and find your designated table (a table will have your team sign on it) – this will be your “home base.” Also on the table will be a team bag which will include your meal tickets and t-shirts. While in the Frey Conference Suite, please go to the stage in order to get your team photo taken. We will provide you with digital images for use in your school’s newspaper or yearbook within a couple of weeks after the competition. If we do not get all the team pictures taken from 8 to 9 a.m., you will have a second chance at 11:30 a.m. in the Frey Conference Suite.

Team trophies will be awarded to the top two teams, and individual medals will be awarded to the top four teams, after the double-elimination competition.

Please note that for the winning Nebraska team to be eligible to compete at the national event, that team must have comprised at least four contestants at the Nebraska event, all of whom must be available to also compete at the national event. If the winning team were unable to meet these requirements, that team would be ineligible to compete at the National High School Science Bowl. In that case, the next highest placing qualifying team would be invited instead.

Again, welcome to the Nebraska Science Bowl Competition! The coordinating committee wishes you and your students the best of luck and skill!

Dr. Todd Young
Nebraska Science Bowl Coordinator

Rules and Late Arrival Policy

Rules for the Competition

The Science Bowl rules used at this regional are the same as used at the national competition. The rules can be found here.

Additionally, Wayne State College has the following Late Arrival Policy and Weather Policy.

Late Arrival Policy

Teams are required to arrive in time to register and be present for the opening ceremonies beginning at 9 a.m.

If a team has not contacted the regional coordinator (Dr. Todd Young) at 402-833-8117 by 8:45 a.m. to inform him that they are running late and will not arrive by 9 a.m., that team will be disqualified from the competition.

If a team does not arrive by the start of the competition at 9:30 a.m., that team will be disqualified from the competition.

Weather Policy

As long as the number of teams competing is greater than or equal to 10, the competition will continue. Whether your team attends during inclement weather is at the sole discretion and the responsibility of the authorizing school official who signed the Nebraska Science Bowl application. If the competition is canceled, a message to that effect will be left at 402-833-8117 and the weather date of Feb. 22, 2020, will be used to make up the competition.

If both the high school and middle school competitions are canceled due to inclement weather, the high school competition will use the weather date and the middle school competition will be canceled and not rescheduled.

If the weather date competition is canceled due to inclement weather, the high school competition will be canceled and not rescheduled.

Application fees are not returned for non-participation due to inclement weather. T-shirts and any other gift items will be promptly sent to each team.

Additional Activities

Consolation Round: An 8-team Consolation Double Elimination will be held in the Carhart Science Building. Teams that did not qualify for the 16-team Double Elimination are eligible for a drawing for entry in the Consolation Double Elimination matches. Some volunteers will be available to serve as moderators, score keepers, & timers, but coaches and students may need to serve as officials if shortages occur.

Natural History Museum: The A. Jewell Schock Natural History Museum will be open. It is located on the 1st floor of the Carhart Science Building and is free of charge. Contestants who wish to visit the museum must be accompanied or supervised by their coach(es).

Planetarium: The Fred G. Dale Planetarium will be open. It is located in the basement of the Carhart Science Building. It is free of charge, but donations are appreciated; the suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Contestants who wish to visit.

Award Files

  • I’m Science Smart: Intended to recognize the single student who answered the most questions correctly.
  • Team Civility: Intended to recognize the team which exhibited an especial amount of sportsmanship and civility.


Students will start off in the Kanter Student Center, Frye Conference Suite. But the rest of the competition will take place in Connell Hall and Carhart Science. Some maps are below: