What is Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad is a national nonprofit organization established in 1983, devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition of outstanding achievement in science education by students.

The Science Olympiad Tournaments are academic interscholastic competitions, which consist of 23 events students prepare for during the year. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced among the various science disciplines: biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, physical science, astronomy, anthropology, engineering, medicine, computers, and technology. There is a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills, and application.

Science Olympiad is a team competition requiring teamwork, group planning, and cooperation. The emphasis is on learning, participation, interaction, having fun, and developing team spirit. A competition team consists of 15 members. On competition day each event test is administered during a specific one-hour period to 2 team members working jointly for a team score. Throughout the year, each student may be building, preparing, and/or studying for as many as 4 or 5 events likewise each event normally has 3 or 4 students mastering the skills necessary to be tested.

Involvement & Expectations for Science Olympiad Students


Science Olympiad is an extra-curricular activity at Magsig. Students participating may choose from 23 competitive events. The events include skills involving studying, interactive problem solving & engineering. A student must be responsible, self directed, motivated, and good at follow through. There will be coaches for each event. We realize that students may be involved in other things besides Science Olympiad therefore students will be responsible to stay in touch with their event coach and make every effort to meet as often as possible with the coach. Some events by nature require regular group meetings, other events are at home study/work events.


Science Olympiad team members will be expected to be exemplary role models. They will be expected to show respect to all coaches, team members, and everyone they encounter. They will be representing our school on many occasions at tournaments. Within the team, they will be expected to come prepared to meetings, respect the workspaces, materials, and property, and clean up after themselves. School rules apply during all meetings and tournaments. Inappropriate behavior may result in not being included in practices, travel, or competitions.


Practice times vary, either after school or in the evening. Coaches set the times depending upon their schedules and the schedules of the majority of the students they are working with on an event.

Entire team meetings are held occasionally (maybe once a month). Most likely these meetings will be after school on Friday. Students will be responsible to obtain all information from meetings (we cannot track everyone down).

Please make arrangements to pick up your student when practice ends. Students may not be left alone after practice time waiting for pick up. Please don’t make the coaches wait.