Knowledge Bowl is an academic competition that involves quick thinking, teamwork, strategy, and of course, knowledge. The objective of the game is to correctly answer questions more quickly than the opposing team. The Knowledge Bowl team goes head to head with other South American international schools in tournaments held once each semester. These competitions take place at different international schools around South America. The Chapel Knowledge Bowl team practices for these competitions throughout the course of the school year.
During a Knowledge Bowl game, a judge reads the questions, and any individual player may buzz in as soon as he or she chooses. The player who buzzes in first must answer the question without any help from his or her teammates. If the player answers correctly, the team gets a bonus question. Bonus questions are more challenging, and teams are encouraged to work together to come up with an answer. Teamwork is key, and teams who communicate well with each other tend to be more successful at answering bonus questions.
Since points are deducted for incorrect answers, players must take calculated risks when deciding to guess at an answer or buzz in before the question is finished. Teams may also “challenge” questions that they think are unfair and call for a time out to talk with their teammates. Therefore, timing and strategy are definitely a part of the game. When two teams are evenly matched, it is often the team that “plays the game” better that makes it to the next round of the competition.
Of course, to be successful a team must have the knowledge to answer the questions. The best teams are ones composed of players with a wide variety of academic talents. Questions come in random order from a number of subjects including American & world history, geography, economics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, algebra, geometry, calculus, world literature, vocabulary, religion, art history, theatre, music, sports, and current events. The questions tend to be challenging (many go unanswered) and are more suitable for students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.