Science Olympiad Information

What is Science Olympiad?

     Science Olympiad is a national nonprofit organization established in 1984, devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing the student interest in science, and providing recognition of outstanding achievement in science education by students.  These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, training workshops, and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state, and national tournaments.

     Science Olympiad tournaments are academic interscholastic competitions. The Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced among the various science disciplines and encourage a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on hands-on group participation, teamwork, and sportsmanship. 

     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.  Competing teams consist of 15 students.  On competition day, each event test is administered during a specific one-hour period to 2-3 team members working jointly for a team score.  Throughout the year, each student may be building, preparing, or studying for many events. Reference:

Science Olympiad in Centerville

     Centerville High School has participated in Science Olympiad since 1985 and Magsig Middle School began participating in Science Olympiad in 1997.  Watts Middle School and Tower Heights Middle School both started teams in 1999, and have both qualified for the State of Ohio tournament multiple times.  Centerville High School, Magsig, & Tower Heights have all won numerous regional and state championships, earning the opportunity to represent the State of Ohio at the National Science Olympiad Tournament. 


     Over the past 40 years, Centerville High School has been consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally, including two National Championships in 2009 and 2010. They finished 2nd in the nation in 1999, 2000, 2007 and 2011 at the National Tournament; placed 3rd in the nation in 2001, 2006 and 2008; 4th in 2005, 2012, 2013, and 2015; 5th in 2003 & 2016; 6th in 2004; and 12th in 2014.  Magsig Middle School placed 3rd in the nation in 2008 and in only their fourth year of participation was ranked 4th in the nation in 2001; 5th in 2011; 6th in 2007, 2010, & 2016; 7th in 2014; 8th in 1999; 9th in 2012; 10th in 2000; and 11th in 2004.  Tower Heights competed at Nationals in 2017, 2018, & 2019. 

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