The 17th Annual Paleo-Knowledge Bowl
Torosaurus illustration by Armand Morgan.© 2006 Yale Peabody Museum. All rights reserved.

 

Hopkins School

Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Teams of three students in grades 4, 5 and 6 from around Connecticut and beyond answer questions about paleontology, especially dinosaurs.

The final round in the Museum’s Great Hall at 2:30 pm is open to the public.

 

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The 2014 Competition

The Yale Peabody Museum invites you to participate in the 17th Annual Paleo-Knowledge Bowl to be held November 16, 2014.

The Paleo-Knowledge Bowl is an oral competition in which students in grades 4, 5 and 6 from around the state of Connecticut and beyond work in teams to answer some very difficult questions about paleontology, especially dinosaurs. Each team is composed of 3 students from the same school who work together to earn points for correct answers. Teams with the highest number of points advance in the competition.

To more fairly distribute teams, we will begin with a short, written “placement exam” (note: no one will be eliminated at this stage). Teams will be assigned to “pools” based on their scores. Pool size and exact assignment protocol will depend on the number of registered teams.

Several sessions culminate in the Final Round in the Museum’s Great Hall of Dinosaurs, which is open to the public.

Any student in the 4th, 5th or 6th grade, or home-school students between the ages of 9 and 12, with a maximum participation of three consecutive years, is qualified to participate in the Paleo-Knowledge Bowl. Teams must be composed of 3 students from the same school, and may include an alternate if desired (please note that the alternate might not participate in the competition if the 3 regular team members are all able to compete). Each school can enter a maximum of 3 teams. Participation is not limited to Connecticut schools.

All contestants receive a specially designed Paleo-Knowledge Bowl T-shirt and a certificate of participation. Members of the winning team will be presented with family memberships to the Yale Peabody Museum, a trophy for their school, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Peabody’s vertebrate paleontology collections, and a special prize for each team member. Second place winners will also receive family memberships and a behind-the-scenes tour.

What kind of questions are asked? Find out here.


Each year this unique contest receives rave reviews from teachers and parents, and from the students who enjoy showing off their knowledge of dinosaurs. This is an excellent opportunity for students with an interest in science to team up with their schoolmates and be rewarded for what they know!

 

Registration

Teams are required to register in advance. A principal or teacher MUST COMPLETE and SIGN a registration form. Teams are NOT registered until the registration fees are paid AND they receive a written letter of confirmation from the Yale Peabody Museum.

To register, complete the registration form and return it by mail along with your $22.00 registration fee for each team (make checks payable to the Yale Peabody Museum).

For registration information and forms send questions to peabody.events@yale.edu.

Because of increased interest and more participating teams every year, each school will be limited to a maximum of 3 teams. If you have more than 3 teams (9 students, to a maximum of 12 including alternates), we suggest you hold a “play-off” competition at your school to determine which students will compete at the Peabody. We hope this does not cause undue disappointment for you or your students.

The Yale Peabody Museum reserves the right to change eligibility requirements in advance of the next competition.

 

Sponsored by Hopkins School