Minnesota Service Cooperatives KNOWLEDGE BOWL® competitions are interdisciplinary academic contests designed for students in grades 9-12. During the contest, teams of students compete in written and oral rounds by answering questions related to all areas of learning typical of secondary educational programs. Questions test students’ recall, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. When the Minnesota Service Cooperative KNOWLEDGE BOWL® Senior High Program was introduced in 1979, eight school districts in West Central Minnesota participated. Participation has grown to over 800 teams from 285 school districts throughout Minnesota. This academic challenge now involves over 6,000 students each year.
Sr. High Knowledge Bowl
Teams of students participate in a written round of 60 questions and four oral rounds of 45 questions. Five students participate in the written round with four students competing in the oral rounds. Local districts may host invitationals during the season. The SW/WC Service Cooperative hosts two sub-regional and one regional event for registered teams from Region 6 and also for Region 8. Approximately one half of the teams advance from the two sub-regional events to each regional competition. Awards are given to winning teams at each event. In addition, the top three teams from Region 6 and the top three teams from Region 8 advance to the state competition held in Brainerd, MN in April. At that event 48 teams are divided into two tiers, based on the number of students enrolled in their district, for the competition.