Schools sometimes run practice tournaments, independent from VASO, called "Invitationals". These are optional tournaments that teams may choose to attend to give them more practice at the events or to have more competition experience. You must have completed your VASO registration to attend these tournaments, which are held all over the US. Note, though, that Invitationals do typically require their own registration fee and each Invitational determines its own criteria for participating, schedule, and slate of events to run.
Nov 5, 2014
Congratulations to Leah Puhlick, VAO Board member and coach of Langley HS, for winning a national Yale Educator of the Year Award. She was nominated by a former SO student!
Oct 25, 2014
VASO has finalized its regional and state tournament dates. Signup for the regionals opens on December 2, but teams will need to have submitted their choices of events to write/run before being able to sign up. Signup for that (which is to be completed by the school's head coach) opens on Oct 31.
Fairfax HS Div C Invitational
Oct 16, 2014
Registration is open for the Fairfax Division C invitational. Registration closes when 30 teams have registered or on Dec 8 - whichever comes first.
The Big Bang Theory
Oct 14, 2014
During the season 8 opener of the most-watched show on television, The Big Bang Theory on CBS, the Science Olympiad brochure appeared in the CalTech cafeteria scene directly behind Jim Parson's (Sheldon's) head! Warner Brothers reached out to SO over the summer to request the brochure be used as set dressing! See the screen shot.
Oct 14, 2014
VASO has decided not to run the Bottle Rockets event its 2015 tournaments. We are dropping the event; VASO is not substituting another event for it.
Event Apps available
Oct 14, 2014
There are links to the current national events phone apps on our Events page. If using these, please remember that only VASO clarifications will be honored at the virginia regional and state tournaments, so do not use the links to Nationals clarifications that are in the apps.
Registration is open
Sept 9, 2014
Registration is open. Make sure to read the entire Registration Packet - a complete set of instructions are there.
Pricing Discount Announced
Aug 26, 2014
VASO offers a discount for those schools with a large percentage of Free & Reduced Lunch students. Check out our pricing structure for details.
If teams have invitational tournaments that they recommend, we will be happy to put links for them on this page.