The competition is open to any school or homeschool association in the state of Tennessee. Schools may have three teams if space is available. A maximum of two homeschool teams per county will be selected. Second teams will be selected at random until all spaces are filled.
Non-U.S. Citizen students may compete in the TSB; however, a non-U.S. Citizen student(s) must provide a social security number or permanent resident number to compete in the final three rounds of the National Science Bowl. If the regional winning team advances to the final three rounds at the NSB, and if any high-ranking official, such as the President of the United States, First Lady, Vice President of the United States, or other high-ranking official attends the final rounds, the non-U.S. Citizen student cannot compete in those final rounds if a social security number or permanent resident number has not been provided. In addition, if a high-ranking official attends the final rounds, the non-U.S. Citizen student cannot attend the NSB final rounds if s/he is from a terrorist country included on the U.S. Department of State’s list of Terrorist Countries.
The Tennessee Science Bowl operates according to the rules published by the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl. A pdf of these rules is available here: Science Bowl Rules (.pdf, 317kb)
The first-place team will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to represent Tennessee at the National Science Bowl (NSB) April 27 – May 1, 2023.