National Science Bowl (NSB)

Sponsored by Timberline PTSA

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Launched in 1991, the National Science Bowl (NSB) is a highly competitive science education and academic event among teams of high school and middle school students who compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. Each team is composed of four students, one alternate student, and a coach. Regional and national events encourage student involvement in math and science activities of importance to the Department of Energy and the Nation. (

Last year, Timberline NSB Team won 2nd place at the Northwest Regional Middle School Science Bowl (held virtually) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Regional Competitions and Date

The competition will be held virtually. Only one (1) team per school will be competing at the event. 

Regional Competition Date: January 29, 2022


Tryout Registration Details:

  • Grades: 6 – 8
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, November 3, 2021 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Location: Commons at Timberline Middle School
  • Registration opens: Thursday, Oct 21, 2021 – 12:00am
  • Registration closes: Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 – 12:00am
  • Registration Link: Click here to register

Selection Process:     

NSB teams are formed through rank testing. Students take exams in different subject areas such as Physical Science, Life Science, Earth Science and Math. The top students from each subject area are then selected to form the Team. If a student drops from the team, the next ranked student will be offered the position. Top five students will form the varsity team and represent TMS in the virtual regional competition 2022. A junior varsity team will be formed as well, in the event if two teams are allowed to represent TMS in the competition.

  • The qualifier round will be held in person at TMS, to test the in-depth knowledge of the student in different areas of science such as Physical Science, Life Science, Earth Science and Math.
  • There are five tests that students can choose from to take. They will have 20 minutes for each test. There will be more questions than they will have time to complete, this allows them to demonstrate their knowledge and speed.
  • Rank is determined by most correct questions in the 20-minute period.
  • Top ranking student from subject area will form the team. In case of a tie, cumulative scores will be taken to break the tie. If the same student, scores highest in multiple subject areas, the 1st runner up in that category will be chosen or there will be a tie breaker round.
  • The qualifier quiz was created by high school students, TMS students, and TMS staff. All of the creators are in no way involved with participation in NSB. Final scoring and team placement is determined by TMS staff in order to avoid any conflict of interest.

Student Commitments:

  • Should be available on the date of the competition.
  • 3-4 hours of work outside of schoolwork per week.
  • Coaching will be conducted either by a parent volunteer of the varsity team or students self-practice as a group.

Important notes to Parents for the Regional Competition

While registering for qualifier, students and parents should acknowledge that the virtual Regional Competition rules have been read and they agree to the terms.

They should also agree to the time commitment.

Parents/guardians mentoring the top ranking selected students will need to be Timberline Middle PTSA members, and LWSD approved volunteers.

Terms and Conditions

Please read the PTSA terms and conditions below before registering, as PTSA programs policies have been revised considering the COVID situation and remote learning.