Science Olympiad


2019/20 - club is now closed

What is it?

   Science Olympiad is an academic team competition that requires preparation, commitment, coaching and self-motivated practice throughout the year. Each school-based team is allowed to bring 15 students who cross-train for a variety of events in their skill set to each tournament. Students will be assigned several events ranging in a variety of science topics for which to prepare. Each event has a specific set of rules to follow and adhere to for competition. Emphasis in this club is placed on active, hands-on, group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, and community members bond together and work toward a shared goal.  Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and Science Olympiad encourages group learning by designing events that forge alliances. 

How are the tournaments run?

   Competitions are scored like academic track meets. Students work in partnerships in 2-4 events that they prepare for throughout the year. However, we compete as a team in a series of 24 events in our division, Division B (which is middle school). The teams advance by obtaining the lowest team scores. Individuals do not advance on their own.

   Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. 


Who can participate?

   Placement on teams and in events will be based upon applications, recommendations, and coaches judgement.  We are seeking members who have the ability to work well with partners, are committed to regularly attend practices and events, have specific skills and/or individual interests, and are willing to try various events.  To be successful in Science Olympiad requires self-initiative, self-motivation, problem solving skills, and perseverance.

Cost: Students are required to have purchased an ASB card for $30. There will be an additional participation fee (to help cover the cost of materials, study guides, tournament fees, etc.) and an additional t-shirt cost, both are TBD but in the past have averaged around $100 per student. Help to cover this fee is available upon request.


A list of the events for this year:

Life, Personal, & Social Science: Anatomy & Physiology, Disease Detectives, Heredity, Ornithology, Water Quality

Earth & Space Science: Dynamic Planet, Fossils, Meteorology, Reach for the Stars, Road Scholar

Physical Science & Chemistry: Circuit Lab, Crime Busters, Density Lab, Food Science, Machines

Technology & Engineering: Boomilever, Elastic Launch Gliders, Mission Possible, Mousetrap Vehicle , LEAF

Inquiry & Nature of Science: Experimental Design, Game On, Ping-Pong Parachute, Write It Do It


Informational Meeting for Interested Students: September during school lunches to be announced. 

Practices: September through April; twice a week after school. 

Tournaments: The Invitational Tournament is in January or February (Date TBD)

                         The Regional Tournament is in March (Date TBD)

                         The State Tournament (which we must qualify for) is in April (Date TBD)