Minnesota Service Cooperatives’ Knowledge Bowl competitions are interdisciplinary academic contests designed for students in grades 7-12. 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 senior high Knowledge Bowl program was introduced in Minnesota in 1979, eight school districts in West Central Minnesota participated. By the spring of 2009, participation had grown to include over 800 teams from 290 school districts throughout Minnesota. This competition provides a format for student growth centered around academics.

Teams consist of six (6) members only, including the alternate.
Only five members compete during the oral rounds. A member of each team is appointed as a spokesperson and this person should, if possible, give the answer for all questions. Other team members can feed the answers to the spokesperson. An alternate spokesperson may ONLY be designated prior to expiration of time.


 The questions used in the competitions relate to the following curriculum areas including:

National & World Affairs                                 Government

American History                                             Health & Psychology

Art & Music                                                     Literature

Biology                                                            Math

Current Events                                                  Minnesota History

Earth Science                                                   Physical Science

Economics & Law                                            World History

English                                                             World Languages


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