Frequently Asked Questions about Science Olympiad

What is Science Olympiad?
A Science Olympiad team may compete in invitational, state, and even national tournaments. Each team is comprised of up to 15 students. Two to three students from the team prepare throughout the year for a particular event in the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, earth/environmental science, engineering and technology. The team members then compete against other teams from across the region. Emphasis is placed on hands-on, active, group participation. Individual and team medals and trophies are presented at all levels of competition. The winning team advances to the National Tournament.

Who is eligible to participate in Science Olympiad?
Any public, private, charter, or home-school may participate. Division B schools are open to middle/junior high schools, while Division C is specifically for high schools.

How do we register?
To participate, a school must register and become a member of the Science Olympiad Organization. This entitles the school to receive a Coach's Rule Book, compete at the State level and be eligible for the National Tournament if they qualify. The $100 membership pays for one team. Once the registration form is received by the State Director, the National Science Olympiad Coaches Manual and Rules will be sent to you. You will find the registration form here.

How many teams can a school have?
A school may have multiple teams; however, it is important that each team (and each student on the team) be clearly identified as "Team A", "Team B", etc. A separate registration form is required for each team.

Can a student participate in multiple events?
Yes. Since each team has 15 members and there are approximately 23 events, it will be necessary for them to participate in several events. It is important to review the schedule of events, however, and make sure that a student is not scheduled for two events which occur during the same time period.