Compete in the 2023 virtual Maine High School Science Bowl!

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  • Saturday 3/18/2023, all day
  • Rain or shine.
  • Sign up by 1/18/2023


Maine High School Science Bowl 2023
Fun and engaging virtual STEM competition for motivated high school students
featuring Keynote with Q&A by Dr. Erika Wagner, who serves as Sr. Director of Emerging Markets for Blue Origin, where she works to improve access to space for science, technology, arts, education, and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Wagner’s interdisciplinary background includes a bachelor's degree in Biomedical and Aerospace Engineering from Vanderbilt University; a master's degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT; and a doctoral degree in Bioastronautics from the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Her research spanned both human and mammalian adaptation to microgravity, partial gravity, and centrifugation, as well as organizational innovation and prize theory. She is also an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, an alumna of the International Space University, a trustee of the Museum of Flight, an honoree of the Space Camp Hall of Fame, and a member of the National Academies Space Studies Board.

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Note: We only shares zoom links, schedules, and other details with registered teams since we cannot accommodate any observers/audience members or walk-ins, i.e., unregistered teams or volunteers.


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® (NSB) is a nation-wide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in science and mathematics.
Typically, about 9,000 high school students from 1,500 teams compete in the 65 high school regional events.

The Maine High School Science Bowl is hosted by People Making a Difference (PMD) a long-time supporter of the Northeast Regional Middle School Science Bowl at MIT and co-host and host of the high school NOSB Blue Lobster (MA) and Quahog Bowls (RI & CT), respectively.

PMD's virtual science bowl will provide Maine high school students with fun opportunities to test their knowledge and understanding of math and science AND for the winning team to win an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in-person at the National Finals April 27-May 1, 2023, in Washington, D.C.

All teams competing from schools participating in NSB for the first time will be entered into a drawing to win a free trip to Washington, D.C., regardless of how they place in their regional competitions. The selected team will get chances to:
  • Observe the National Science Bowl (NSB) Finals in Washington, D.C. April 27-May 1, 2023
  • Experience the fun, excitement, and hype of NSB Finals/li>
  • Explore and tour our Nation's Capitol (all expenses paid)
  • Network with the Nation's best coaches and teams




Registration for this 2023 regional competition will open Monday 10/3/2022, at 12noon ET at

Either log-in to an existing, or create a new, account for your high school. The only information needed initially is the coach, co-coach, and school information. Coaches will not be asked (or allowed) to enter any information on team members.

After the team coach agrees to follow the eligibility requirements AND consents to the information in the former “Adult Consent and Media Form,” the coach can submit the school’s PREREGISTRATION.

After the coach submits the school PREREGISTRATION, the Regional Coordinator will approve the PREREGISTRATION.

Note: If the coach or co-coach is not a school employee, the school principal must complete the coach approval before PREREGISTRATION can be approved.

Only AFTER the school’s PREREGISTRATION is approved can the coach begin building their team(s).

Between PREREGISTRATION approval and 1/31/23 at 11:59pm ET, the coach must SUBMIT their Team 1 registration. If the coach does not submit the Team 1 registration BEFORE 2/1/23, the school loses its reserved space.

In order to SUBMIT a team registration, a signed “Parental Consent and Media Release Form” must be submitted for each team member – these forms are to be signed electronically by the parents/guardians. If a parent/guardian does not have email to do so electronically, s/he can print, complete a hardcopy Parental Consent & Media Release that the coach can scan and upload.
To repeat: A coach cannot submit a team registration without completed and signed parental forms for all team members/students plus the "Adult Attendee Consent and Media Release Form" for all coaches.

Registration Summary
1. Coach submits PREREGISTRATION to guarantee one spot for the school
2. Regional Coordinator approves the PREREGISTRATION
3. Coach submits team registration for Team(s) before 2/1/23.

Since the Maine High School Science Bowl allows second teams, coaches may work on completing the submission process for their second teams any time after the PREREGISTRATION is approved. However, second teams will not be approved before 12/5/22. There will be no “first come, first served” approvals. If necessary, second teams will be selected via a lottery system.

For assistance in registration, please download and review the registration guide at


A non-refundable $50 registration fee per team paid by check* payable to "People Making a Difference" must be sent to PMD, PO Box 120189, Boston, MA 02112-0189, postmarked by Friday 2/17/23. If using a personal check, please specify the school name.

*Alternatively, payment can be made via PayPal to OR via credit card by calling PMD at *82,1(781)963-0373 by 2/17/23.

Receipts will be emailed to coaches.




The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® (NSB) is a nation-wide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in science and mathematics. High school student teams are comprised of five students and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach, and compete in a fast-paced question-and-answer quiz show format testing a range of mathematics and science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, physics, and energy.

Competing Schools
Bangor High School
Brunswick High School
Cape Elizabeth High School (overall winner)
Falmouth High School
Kennebunk High School
Maine School of Science & Mathematics
Mt. Ararat High School
Sanford High School
Waynflete School
Yarmouth High School

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DOE launched the National Science Bowl® competition in 1991 to encourage students to excel in science and mathematics and to pursue careers in these fields. NSB exposes students to opportunities offered by the Department of Energy's Office of Science, such as internships, job opportunities, and connections to the nation's largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences.

Any public or private high school or home school is welcome to form a team of students in grades 9 through 12 to compete in the virtual 2023 Maine High School Science Bowl on zoom on Saturday March 18, 2023. Cost: $50/team

The winner of the virtual Maine regional competition (whose team has at least four students who competed in all rounds) will be awarded a trophy, prizes, and an all-expense paid trip to the National Finals in Washington, D.C., scheduled for April 27 – May 1, 2023.

People Making a Difference (PMD) is a nonprofit organization that promotes informed and responsible volunteerism by involving people in mostly tangible, hands-on tasks and science bowls that meet local needs and by assisting companies and charities in building successful community involvement programs that:
  • Produce appreciable results while conserving recipients' limited resources
  • Educate volunteers about broader issues
  • Bring people together to make a difference



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Nobel Laureate Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1957)

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