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National Primary School Science Quiz

This competition is a science-themed, buzzer based academic quiz for teams of two students in primary school.

Key Things to Know

  • A team can only comprise of two students per school – one student must be from grade 4 and another from grade 5.

  • If the school is registered to participate in the National Science Project Competition - Primary School Segment, the two students from the quiz can also serve as members on the project team. This simplifies logistics in the case of traveling outer island school teams.

  • The Education Department leads the organization of the competition and questions used in the quiz are based on common science topics recently covered by students at their respective schools.

  • The competition consists of two (2) rounds. The first round allows each team to answer five (5) questions without using the buzzer. The second round, the buzzer round, spans 10-minutes, or until all of the tossup questions provided for the competition have been read, whichever comes first. If the score is tied at the end of the game, an additional 2-minute round period will be played.

  • An information pack can be downloaded on the resources page.

Important Dates

  • October 23, 2023 – Registration Deadline for quiz participants. Teacher/Coaches are also required to register.  Register here. Following registration, the TCI Government - Department of Education, as the organizers of the quiz, will issue any further communication or guidance necessary related to areas of study.  

  • November 30, 2023 - Deadline for schools to replace any previously registered team member.

  • March 6, 2024 – National Primary School Science Quiz hosted during the FortisTCI National Science and Technology Fair.

How to prepare for a quiz

Preparation is key when participating in the National Primary School Science Quiz. Ensure that you have studied thoroughly and practice answering some questions at home while using a timer to simulate the time constraints. It's also important to play to your strengths divide the material between your team members and let each person focus on the topics that they are most comfortable with.


Students on 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams receive medals, trophies and a special participant bag. First place school receives a coveted Roving Cup.

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