What is the Science Olympiad?

The Science Olympiad is a nationwide organization dedicated to promoting science education through conducting competitive science tournaments.  About 15,000 schools nationwide participate. SO is much different than other competitions in that it is low cost, multi-subject, fun-filled team competition. SO gives science students the same belonging and camaraderie that athletic teams have always had.

At a tournament, teams of up to 15 students compete in about 23 different science events that cover many different areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. This year's events are listed on the "B Division" and "C Division" pages. Some events require constructing a project ahead of time. Others involve on the spot application of skills to a given problem. In most events, students compete in pairs, and a typical student enters three different events during the day. Awards at the end of the day include medals for individual students placing in an event, and cumulative scores yielding overall team placement at the tournament.

SO teams spend months preparing for the big competition, all the while learning new things and making new friends. The tournament is an exhausting but exciting day, and the winners get to go to nationals.

SO is also a very cost effective way of involving students in science. Registration is $60 for a new middle school team, $150 for a returning middle school, and $180 for high school.


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Standards
The Science Olympiad is specifically cited in the National Science Standards as a model science activity. Each event is referenced to National Science Standards, with the reference grid on line at http://soinc.org/align_natl_stand.

Schools and Grades
The Science Olympiad is a school-based program. Public, private, and home schools are welcome. All students must attend the same school, and the school must be the official sponsor of the team. The SO in Connecticut runs two divisions: 
B: Division (Middle/Junior High School) for grades 6 to 9.
C: Division (High School) for grades 9 to 12.

Coaches
Every team must have two coaches. Coaches do not have to be science teachers, but they must be responsible adults who will help run events at the tournament. Many teams find experts in the community to help with individual events. They are welcome to assist in judging at the tournament.

Events and Rules
Each event is run based on specific rules, or "spec sheets". The B and C Division pages have short descriptions of each event and will guide you to a free download of the entire rules manual.