2018 WV Math And Science Bowl
High School Preliminary Competition
for the RESA 1 & 4 area

Saturday, November 11, 2017
at Concord University


What is Science Bowl?

The West Virginia Regional Science Bowl is affiliated with the National Science Bowl, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Science Bowl is structured as a tournament-style academic competition which tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. During the competition, pairs of teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format exploring topics from a full range of STEM disciplines including astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology / Earth science, physics, energy, and mathematics. Middle school and high school teams include four students plus one alternate. At least one teacher serves as a mentor and coach for each team. The top three winning teams from each RESA area may advance from the preliminary competition to state and potentially national competitions. Participation rules, sample questions, and general Science Bowl information may be found at the National Science Bowl website

What WV Counties are Included in this High School Preliminary Competition?

Concord is hosting a preliminary competition for high schools all counties in the former Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs) 1 and 4. The RESA 1 area includes Raleigh, Summers, Monroe, Mercer, McDowell, and Wyoming counties. The RESA 4 area includes Braxton, Webster, Pocahontas, Greenbrier, Fayette, and Nicholas counties.

Preliminary Competition Pre-Registration

High school team registration will be conducted via an online registration form. Please register by October 31. If any changes need to be made to a prior registration (e.g. to change names of the team members), please send those to Steve Kuehn (contact information below) no later than 5 pm on November 10. Note that last-minute changes might not appear in the event program. Typically each school is limited to two teams, but a third team may be possible at this preliminary competition on a space-available basis. Please inquire if your school desires to register three teams.

Preliminary Competition Location

The competition will occur on Concord University's campus in Athens, WV (driving directions). The most convenient parking for the event is located in Lot 1 and Lot 2 adjacent to building 12, the Science Building (see detailed campus map). Specific building and room information for the event will be posted here by earliest November.

Preliminary Competition Day Schedule

On the day of the high school competition, check-in will be from 11 am to 1:00 pm. The competition will begin at 1:30 pm and is expected to last approximately 2 to 3 hours.

For Winning Teams at the Preliminary Competition

The West Virginia Regional Science Bowl (WVSB) will take place on Saturday, February 10, 2018.  Participation will be limited to a maximum of 2 teams per high school and 24 teams total. The top three winning teams from RESA 1 and the top three from RESA 4 area may be invited by the WVSB coordinators to advance from this preliminary competition to the regional competition. (The same is true for RESA 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, & 8 at their respective preliminary competitions.) Teams may not compete in the regional science bowl if they have not previously participated in a preliminary competition.


Have Questions?

Please contact Dr. Stephen (Steve) Kuehn:
Concord University, Campus Box F-20
PO Box 1000
Athens, WV 24712-1000
304-384-6322 (office)
304-384-6225 (FAX)
Science building room 106