The Missouri Regional Middle School Science Bowl is an academic competition for middle school students across Missouri which also includes science-related enrichment activities. As a regional qualifying competition for National Science Bowl, the champion receives an opportunity to compete in the National Science Bowl sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Normally held in person (virtual in 2020), competing at the National Science Bowl includes an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C.
The goals of the Missouri Regional Middle School Science Bowl are as follows:
To encourage students in Missouri to become interested and involved in science and math at an early age
To provide a structure that can be a short-term goal for students just developing their own long-term goals, potentially increasing the numbers of students seeking science-oriented careers
To increase knowledge of science
To provide opportunities for students across Missouri to meet students with similar interests
National Science Bowl has existed since 1991 with a middle school competition beginning in 2002.
Missouri Regional Middle School Science Bowl was incorporated as a nonprofit in Missouri on October 10, 2012 by Amanda Yuen, a previous regional coordinator.
The first-ever Missouri Regional Middle School Science Bowl was held March 2, 2013 at the St. Louis Science Center.