Optimist Brain Bowl is a quizbowl
type competition. It is presented by the Colorado-Wyoming Optimist Club
, the University of Denver
, Denver Public Schools
, and Boulder Valley Schools
. It has two separate competitions, the North Region and Central Region competitions. It quizzes middle school
children on a variety of topics. The 2006 competition at Thomas Jefferson High School ended with Goddard Middle School of Littleton, Colorado, winning the 6th grade competition. The aforementioned team consisted of Will Kinsley, Eleanor Dickinson, Vidya Ravilochan, [Chip Bollendonk], Dylan Hall, and Michael Schandle.
The competition has several oral rounds and a written round in the morning of the competition day. The written round has 50 questions. Certain teams are selected after the written round is graded to go on to oral rounds. This gives the possibility of a team losing to another team, yet making it into the semi-finals. The semi-finals are oral rounds, but they are elimination rounds. Eventually, two as yet undefeated teams are escorted onto a stage for a championship round. The winner of this two-team competition wins the entire contest for that particular grade level.