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: soinc.org