What is LexSciBowl?
LexSciBowl is an all-new student-run middle school science competition, run by members of the Lexington High School Science Bowl Team for teams in the Greater Boston Area. Teams of 4-5 members will compete in both a written olympiad modeled on the International Science Olympiads and a buzzer tournament modeled on the National Science Bowl.
When and where?
We're holding LexSciBowl at Lexington High School in the Science Lecture Hall. Just show up at one of the entrances to the school between 8:00 and 8:30 on May 16, and signs and volunteers will direct you to the right place. (see the Schedule for more details)
Who can participate?
Our competition is targeted toward middle school students (5-8 grades), but we can also accept younger students if they feel they are ready! Although age and experience will certainly help a team get further in the elimination tournament, there will be multiple brackets to allow all students to participate in as many rounds of competition as possible.
How much does it cost?
Zero dollars and zero cents. Our operational costs are pretty low, and they are all paid for by lunch pizza pre-orders - so you can support us by buying some pizza! (See How will I eat?)
How will I eat?
Lunch will be during Breaktime. You have a few options for lunch:
- You can pre-order whole pizzas for $12 per pie online before the competition, or for $15 per pie at the competition, or $2 per slice. All profits go toward running LexSciBowl. (The pre-order form will be sent out right after registration closes)
- You can go to Lexington Center, which is a few minutes' walk away. Coaches or parents must accompany students.
- Finally, you can always pack your own lunch.
What should I bring?
Typical test-taking implements (pencils, erasers). Note that calculators are not allowed. You should also bring money to buy food (or a packed lunch). (See How will I eat?)
What do questions look like? How can I practice?
For the Olympiad Rounds, well, the high school olympiads are vastly more difficult, and as far as we know this has never been done for middle school before. They will be somewhat similar to MCAS short-response questions in format, and slightly greater in difficulty.
A few months ago, some members of our school Science Bowl team decided it might be cool to bring our love of high school science bowl to middle schools in the region. The National Science Bowl has only a relatively small Middle School division, and the International Science Olympiads seem to have no middle school equivalent. Especially in Massachusetts, there are math leagues and competitions galore. Why not science?
How do I sign up?
Right here! There's a registration form at the bottom of this page. You have to sign up as an adult-sponsored team, so see if a teacher or parent will be willing to organize it!.
Please note that, although a school may register multiple teams, we require that each team be accompanied by their own adult coach; this adult may be a parent, teacher, or otherwise, and must remain with the team the whole day (except while the Olympiad Round is being written).
What do parents/coaches do?
As long as each team of 4-5 has one adult supervising at all times, you have the option of leaving or accompanying students to all Lightning rounds.
I still don't get it!
If you still have something to ask, please shoot us an email at [email protected]! We'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.