Science Olympiad is an American team competition in which students compete in 23 events pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Over 7,800 middle school and high school teams from 50 U.S. states compete each year. U.S. territories do not compete; however, since 2012 high school teams from Japan have competed at the national tournament as unranked guests.
There are multiple levels of competition: invitational, regional, state, and national. Invitational tournaments, run by high schools and universities, are unofficial tournaments and serve as practice for regional and state competitions. Teams that excel at regional competitions advance to the state level; the top one or two teams from each state (depending on the state) then advance the national level. Winners later receive several kinds of awards, including medals, trophies and plaques, as well as scholarships.
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Compete at local, state, and national levels.
The higher up the level, the more competitive it is.
$60.00 to initially register a team.
Funding may be possible via school PTA; contact your school.
Competitive skills in Science required.
Meet once a week or more during most of the school year.
Attend one official tournament per year.
You register your team by state, with a coach/teacher.
The team is made up of 15 students. Some schools have up to 75 members and do an apprentice program where some students are learning to be a full-time team member in the future.