Science Olympiad


Science Olympiad functions much like a football or soccer team, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and 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, but some school clubs have more than 75 members, allowing for an apprentice and mentoring system.

Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). 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. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders 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. In Elevated Bridge, an engineering whiz and a kid from wood shop can become gold medalists. Similarly, a talented builder and a student with a good science vocabulary can excel in Write It Do It, one of Science Olympiad's most popular events.

The culmination of nearly 300 regional and state tournaments is the Science Olympiad National Tournament, held at a different university each year. This rotating system gives students the opportunity to visit new parts of the country and tour colleges they might consider for their undergraduate studies, and provides a memorable experience that lasts a lifetime.  

  • NASSP Student Contest & Activities Approved for 2016-2017
  • Combined Federal Campaign and Independent Charities of America "Best in America" Award Winner 2016
  • Combined Federal Campaign Educate America Federation Membership 2016
  • View a copy of the Science Olympiad 2016 National Brochure
  • View a copy of the Science Olympiad 2013-2014 Annual Report
  • National Governors Association Center For Best Practices report inclusion: "Innovation America: Building a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Agenda" 2007
  • "Champions in Education" Award Winner for Best K-12 Volunteer Activity in the Midwest 2005
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers Building the Future Award Winner 2005

 

2017 DIVISION C EVENTS

The 2017 Division C events are listed below.  For extensive information and resources for each event, click on an event title.

LIFE, PERSONAL & SOCIAL SCIENCE

Anatomy and Physiology
Disease Detectives
Ecology
Invasive Species
Microbe Mission

EARTH & SPACE SCIENCE

Astronomy
Dynamic Planet
Remote Sensing
Rocks and Minerals

PHYSICAL SCIENCE & CHEMISTRY

Chem Lab
Forensics
Hovercraft
Materials Science
Optics
Wind Power

TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING

Electric Vehicle
Helicopters
Robot Arm
Towers

INQUIRY & NATURE OF SCIENCE

Experimental Design
Game On
Hydrogeology
Write It Do It

For more information about participating on this exciting academic team, please contact Braulia Sapien, brauliasapien@cusd.com; Richard Kinney, richardkinney@cusd.com; or Andrew Austin, andrewaustin@cusd.com