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Science Olympiad

Exploring the World of Science

Science Olympiad or "SO" is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing diversity among scientists, creating a technologically-literate workforce, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by students and teachers. To further these goals, schools form teams of students who participate in Science Olympiad tournaments, winning individual and team awards and earning the chance to proceed further in competition through regional, state, and national levels. 


SO Tournaments as an

Academic Track Meet

A team of up to 15 students from a school competes in a variety of science events.

Multiple Divisions

at Tournaments

Students compete in divisions based on grade. Grades 3-5 are Division A, Grades 5-8 are Division B, and Grades 9-12 are Division C.

23 Events in

Each Division

Students compete in pairs in events drawn from biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, scientific inquiry, and engineering topics.

Individual and Team


Students win medals in their events, with the overall team scores determining whether the school progresses to the next tournament.

"Modern science is a team sport..."

"Experience Science Olympiad" from Science Olympiad TV

"Science Olympiad is awesome!"

National Tournament highlights from the UW-Madison College of Engineering

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