Virginia Science Olympiad (VASO)

Virginia Science Olympiad Inc, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a state chapter of the National Science Olympiad. VASO seeks to build interest and excitement in STEM education in Virginia's students through teamwork, hands-on experiences, variety in topics, and fun and rewarding tournaments.

VASO was established by Fairfax County teachers in 2001 with three competing high schools. Over the last two decades, the organization has expanded, serving over 100 schools and over 3,000 elementary, middle, and high school students each year. VASO also works with two Virginia college SO alumni organizations, as well as providing many volunteer opportunities for alums during and after their college years.

VASO hosts two elementary-level tournaments, three or four middle and high school regional tournaments, and a state tournament, as well as supporting three practice tournaments in the state. In addition, VASO puts on educational seminars for coaches and students and provides resources for the National tournament each year.

Our Mission

  • Inspire passion in STEM

  • Celebrate individual and team achievements

  • Foster relationships among students, educators and the professional STEM community

  • Encourage and support economically disadvantaged and traditionally underrepresented populations of students to participate in STEM activities

  • Represent and coordinate with the National Science Olympiad

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Our Growth Vision

  • Expand interest in the organization geographically

  • Establish a model of independently-run regional tournaments and a state tournament

  • Maintain financial stability through corporate sponsorships, private donors, and team dues

  • Coordinate with local and state agencies and organizations to promote and build interest in STEM education

  • Cultivate a community of STEM volunteers and mentors to support tournaments and the organization

 

Virginia Science Olympiad does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, culture, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or veteran status in its activities or operations.

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