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Regional Tournament Feburary 28, 2015 | Mark your calander | Get organized like Max S. below!


Download Science Olympiad Application 2014-15

The team plans to attend two invitational tournaments and the regional tournament. Click here for last years dates, since they will occur during the same month next year.

Science Olympiad functions much like a football or soccer team, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and practice throughout the year. Each school-based team is allowed to bring 15 students who cross-train for a variety of events in their skill set, but some school clubs and boast more than 75 members, allowing for a rich apprentice and mentoring system for all involved.

Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division. 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. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved.  Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal.

Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and Science Olympiad encourages group learning by designing events that forge alliances. In Elevated Bridge, an engineering whiz and a kid from wood shop can become gold medalists. Similarly, a talented builder and a student with a good science vocabulary can excel in Write It Do It, one of Science Olympiad's most popular events.



Students, coaches, event supervisors, parents, and guests are expected to follow current Science Olympiad Rules and Policies. The goal of competition is to give one's best effort while displaying honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship, and not violate the spirit of the problem. All are expected to display courtesy and respect toward one another. Our collective example, as stated in the Science Olympiad Pledges, will promote the spirit of cooperation among all participants. Therefore:



  1. Teams may not interpret the rules so that they have an unfair advantage over the rules or another team.
  2. Unless otherwise stated, if writing utensils, notes, resources, calculators, actions, etc., are not excluded, they are permitted unless they violate the spirit of the problem.
  3. All non-permitted electronic devices must be turned off and if so directed, left in a designated spot.
  4. Once students have entered the event area to compete, they must not communicate with any outside resources, by any means, unless permitted by event rules and they must not leave until they are finished or have permission from the event supervisor.
  5. If a student does not follow accepted safety procedures, he/she will be penalized or disqualified. Students must not bring unsafe items to a tournament. 
  6. Students, coaches and other adults are responsible for ensuring that any School or Science Olympiad Policy, law or regulation is not broken. 
  7. One or more of the 15 current team members must have constructed all pre-built devices presented for judging. Any of the current team members may demonstrate or operate the device at the competition unless stated otherwise in the rules. Any student designated by the coach may impound devices.
  8. At the supervisor's and tournament director's discretion, a student or team may be penalized, disqualified or removed from an event or the tournament, depending upon the level of the infraction.
  9. A participant, coach or guest who fails to show honesty or courtesy may cause an individual or the team to be assessed penalty points or disqualified from the event, the tournament or future tournaments.
  10. A team may not arbitrate an event after they have removed their device from the impound area.
  11. All Science Olympiad Policies (requirements, clarifications, FAQs, etc.) provided on the website apply to all teams and must be treated as if they were included in the printed rules.

State and regional tournament directors must notify teams of any site-dependent rule or other rule modification at least 30 days prior to the tournament.

Science Olympiad Code of Ethics

Student participants are expected to compete in tournament events with honest effort to follow the rules and the spirit of the competition. Team members are expected to be the builders of all the devices used in the events. The goal of competition is to give one's best effort while displaying honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship. Students, coaches, parents, and guests are expected to display courtesy and respect toward Olympiad officials, other teams, and guests of the Olympiad. Failure to show honesty and/or courtesy by a participant, coach, or guest of the team may result in the disqualification of the team from that event, the entire tournament or future tournaments.

Student's Pledge

I pledge to put forth my best effort in the Science Olympiad tournament and to uphold the principles of honest competition. In my events, I will compete with integrity, respect, and sportsmanship towards my fellow competitors. I will display courtesy towards Event Supervisors and Tournament Personnel. My actions will exemplify the proud spirit of my school, team, and state.

Coach's Pledge

On behalf of the coaches and assistants at this tournament, I pledge to encourage honesty and respect for tournament personnel, our fellow coaches, and other team members. We want our efforts to bring honor to our community and school.

Parent's Pledge

On behalf of the parents and spectators I pledge to be an example for our children by:

Our examples will promote the spirit of cooperation within and among all our participating teams.

Event Supervisor's Pledge

On behalf of my fellow supervisors and tournament personnel, I pledge to run my event with fairness and respect for the participants and their coaches. Our actions will reflect the principles of the Science Olympiad program and display the pride we feel as representatives of our colleges, universities, companies, states or organizations.

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The 2014 Division C events are listed below.  For extensive information and resources for each event, click on an event title.


Anatomy and Physiology (Integumentary, Immune, Nervous)
Disease Detectives (Environmental Quality)
Designer Genes
Water Quality


Dynamic Planet (Glaciers)
GeoLogic Mapping
Rocks and Minerals


Circuit Lab
Compound Machines
Chem Lab (Equilibrium & Chem Reactions/Stoichiometry)
Materials Science


Mission Possible
Elastic Launched Glider


Experimental Design
Bungee Drop
Technical Problem Solving
Write It Do It







Anatomy & Physiology (Cardiovascular, Integumentary, Immune)
Cell Biology
Disease Detectives
(Population Growth)
Green Generation

Dynamic Planet
Geologic Mapping

Air Trajectory
Compound Machines
It's About Time

Chem Lab (Chemical Reactions/Stoichiometry & Kinetics)
Protein Modeling

Bridge Building
Mission Possible
Wright Stuff

Bungee Drop
Experimental Design
Technical Problem Solving
Write It Do It


Air Trajectory (C) - Prior to the competition, teams will design, construct and calibrate a single device capable of launching projectiles into a target and collect data regarding device parameters and performance..

Anatomy & Physiology (C) - This event encompasses the anatomy and physiology of selected body systems, this year limited to cardiovascular, integumentary and immune systems.

Astronomy (C) - Teams will demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of math and physics relating to stellar evolution and star and planet formation.

Bridge Building (C) - Teams will design and build the lightest bridge with the highest structural efficiency that can span a given opening meeting the requirements given.

Bungee Drop (C) - Using an elastic cord teams will conduct drops from a given height to a surface plane.

Cell Biology (C) - This event integrates content knowledge and process skills in the areas of cell biology and cellular biochemistry.

Chemistry Lab (C) - Teams will demonstrate chemistry laboratory skills related to kinetics, chemical reactions and stoichiometry.

Compound Machines (C) - Students will perform activities and answer questions related to simple and compound machines.

Disease Detective (C) - Students will use investigative skills in the scientific study of disease, injury, health and disability in populations or groups of people with a focus on population growth.

Dynamic Planet (C) - Teams will use NGSS science and engineering practices to complete tasks related to physical and geological oceanography.

Entomology (C) - Students will be asked to identify insects by order and family, answer questions about insects and use or construct a dichotomous key.

Experimental Design (C) - Given a set of unknown objects, teams will design, conduct, analyze and write-up an experiment.

Forensics (C) - Students will identify polymers, solids, fibers, and other materials in a crime scenario.

Fossils (C) - Teams will demonstrate their knowledge of ancient life by identifying fossils and answering questions about classification, habitat, ecologic relationships, behaviors, environmental adaptations and the use of fossils to date and correlate rock units.

GeoLogic Mapping (C) - Students will demonstrate understanding in the construction and use of topographic maps, geologic maps, cross sections and their use in forming interpretations regarding subsurface structures and geohazard risks.

Green Generation (C) - Students will answer questions involving the history and consequences of human impact on our environment, solutions to reversing trends and sustainability concepts.

It's About Time (C) - Competitors may construct one non-electrical device to measure time intervals between 10 and 300 seconds and answer questions related to time.

Mission Possible (C) - Prior to the competition, participants will design, build, test and document a Rube Goldberg-like device that completes a required Final Task using a sequence of consecutive energy transfers.

Protein Modeling (C) - Students will use computer visualization and online resources to guide the construction of physical models of proteins and to understand how protein structure determines function. For 2015 students will model proteins used to edit the human genome.

Scrambler (C) - Competitors must design, build and test a mechanical device which uses the energy from a falling mass to transport an egg along a track as quickly as possible and stop as close to the center of a terminal barrier without breaking the egg.

Technical Problem Solving (C) - Teams will gather and process data to solve problems.

Write It/Do It (C) - A technical writing exercise where students write a description of a contraption and other students will attempt to recreate it using only the written description.

Wright Stuff (C) - Prior to the competition teams design, construct and test free flight rubber-powered monoplanes to achieve maximum time aloft.

With 23 events and only 15 team members, scheduling your team to cover every event can be a difficult task. There are several things to keep in mind when scheduling, which may make your job a little easier.

  1. Students with a wider background in a variety of science areas are easier to schedule.
  2. The first task is to schedule students into their "strong" event if this is possible.
  3. Note the times and places of events so students will not be covering too much physical ground. If the events are in the same building and back-to-back, the same team members can probably participate.
  4. Schedule "back-up" team members to be present in case an event was late in starting or ending and an originally scheduled team member(s) can't make it. This is not always possible but the coach can ask team members who are "free" to check events during that "free" time to make sure they are covered. This contingency plan is often used.
  5. Certain events, such as building events, do not require the person building the entry to be there. The entry is considered a team effort so any official team member (not an alternate) can cover the event. This can "free up" members for another event which requires their specific talent or time (if an event runs late).

A student should be encouraged to seek additional sources of information from libraries, college professors, the Internet, or community resource personnel. However, adults doing the actual physical work involved (i.e., building a device) is strictly forbidden. Adults may provide guidance and suggestions, but students should translate that information into an actual design. Commercially finished or bought products and those completed by adults will be disqualified except where specifically permitted.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

These are commonly asked questions about competing in the Science Olympiad competition.

Q. Can I enter more than one team in the tournament?
A. Schools can enter one team from each division.

Q. What is the difference between Division B and Division C?
A. Division B is for grades 6-9. Division C is for grades 9-12

Q. How many students are on a team?
A. A team is comprised of a minimum of 1 student and a maximum of 15 students.

Q. Do I have to complete two entry forms? 
A. Yes. One form is for national membership in Science Olympiad; that application is to purchase the rule book. You must visit the state website to access this form. The website address is:        The second form is to participate in the Regional tournament; this defrays a portion of the costs of the tournament; it should be completed and returned to ULM.

Q. Do we have to register every year to compete?
A. Yes. To compete every year, your school needs to register nationally and regionally, every year.    

Q. Will this year's events be the same as last year's events?
A. Each year Science Olympiad determines the events to be used. Some of the events are unchanged, some are changed slightly, and some are replaced entirely. It is important you get a new rule book each year.

Q. Do we have to build something prior to coming to the tournament? 
A. Approximately 20% of the events require the building of a device to be tested or operated at the tournament. The remainder of the events do not require you to build anything.

Q. Can I participate in the State tournament if I have not participated in the Regional Tournament?
A. No, the Regional Tournament is the first step in the Science Olympiad Competition.

Q. Can students participate in more than one event? 
A. Students are allowed to register for as many separate events as they desire. Please note that events are administered in two 90-minute blocks. Students are only limited by physically participating in various events held at different locations.  

Q.  Does my team have to enter all events?
A. There are 23 events scheduled. Your team can enter as few as 1 event, or enter all 23. Of course, the best opportunity to win as a team is to participate in all events. We encourage teams to participate in as many events as possible.

Q. Can we come and just watch?
A. Certainly! Just let us know in advance.

Q. We missed the deadline to provide a roll call and student registration forms. Can we still compete?
A. It is imperative we receive all registration forms as early as possible, so that we can assign rooms, find sponsors, and gather materials. If you are late sending this information to us, we develop logistical problems. However, we want everyone to participate and will attempt to accommodate you, if possible.


Scoring Guidelines PDF

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The purpose of the information below is to help you understand the terminology used in Science Olympiad event rules to identify types of protective eyewear. The determination of the minimum protection required for any individual event is the responsibility of the committee overseeing the rules for that event.

Contestants are responsible for providing their own protective eyewear.  Eye protection specified in the rules is the minimum required.  Science Olympiad is unable to determine the degree of hazard presented by equipment/materials/devices brought by the teams.  Adult coaches/mentors of those teams must insure the eye protection they bring is adequate for the hazard.  Teams MUST NOT be allowed to compete without adequate eye protection. This in NON-NEGOTIABLE.