Middle Grades Knowledge Bowl

Metro Middle Grades Knowledge Bowl (MGKB) is a season of academic competitions where students answer questions about history, literature, mathematics, science, current events, and everything in between. Meets take place after school at middle schools around the Twin Cities.

During a meet, teams of 6 students begin with the written round, where they work cooperatively to complete a multiple-choice test. Based on their team’s written round score, they’re placed into rooms where 3 teams of 5 students compete to answer questions read by a KB coach or volunteer.

The MGKB Season includes an optional Kick-Off Meet, two Regular Season Meets, one Regional Meet, and an optional Statewide Meet. MGKB aligns with Minnesota Academic Standards in Science, Math, Social Studies, and English Language Arts.


Registration fees are based on BrightWorks membership status. To find out if your school/district is a member, please see the updated membership list.

Kick-Off Meet (optional): BrightWorks Member: $30 per team / Non-Member: $50 per team
Regular Season: BrightWorks Member: $150 per team / Non-Member: $300 per team
Statewide Meet (optional): $50/team


2023-2024 Middle Grades Knowledge Bowl Schedule to be announced.


The following score sheets reflect the 2022-2023 MGKB season.


Thank you to our 2022-2023 sponsors, Beckman Coulter Foundation, Coon Rapids VFW Post 9625, and the Northeast Minneapolis Lions Club!

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If you would like to learn more about sponsoring a meet for the 2023-2024 MGKB season, please contact Katie Wenzel at 612-638-1554.

All Things MGKB (Handbook, Rules, Metro Directory, Hosting, Equipment Order Form, etc.)

Middle Grades KB Practice Questions


Contact Katie Wenzel at 612-638-1554 about Knowledge Bowl for grades 6-8.

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