Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Annual Maine Science Bowl


Over 100 of the top high school students from all around Maine will attend a STEM competition held March 3, 2018, at Bailey Hall on the USM Gorham campus.

The bowl is sponsored by USM, IDEXX Corp, and Texas Instruments and is held annually on the Gorham campus in February. Founded in 2001 by USM Professors Rob Sanford (environmental Science) and Bob Kuech (Teacher Education), this is one of 65 high school competitions held round the nation. The winning team will attend the national competition in Washington DC at the end of April. Officials volunteer from USM, IDEXX, and the surrounding community.  Approximately 50 USM faculty, staff, students, and friends are expected to volunteer.

Volunteer positions include Moderator, Science Judge, Timer, Scorekeeper, Rules Judge, and messenger.  If you search online “National Science Bowl Volunteers” you can see the rules, description of roles, sample videos of matches, and other resources.  Plan to be there by 8:30 AM. You do not have to stay for the entire 8-hour event. Volunteers get a lunch ticket, snacks, t-shirt, and an interesting time watching some of Maine’s top science and math students compete using buzzer systems in a quiz-show format.

We will hold a training session on February 24, 9 AM to 10:30 in 111 Bailey, and have coffee and snacks there. To volunteer or FMI contact Rob Sanford, Department of Environmental Science & Policy, 106 Bailey,