Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is an extracurricular activity that melds scientific education with competition and teamwork. Through Science Olympiad, educators, students, industry leaders, and the community work together to promote passion for science within an inclusive atmosphere. Science Olympiad was designed to bring hands-on science to secondary school students and introduce key areas of science that are often glossed over during the school day. In this way, Science Olympiad is distinct from other science clubs.

Four levels of competition (invitational, regional, state, national) are held in two divisions (Division B for middle school and Division C for high school). Invitational competitions are designed to prepare teams and also involve more students — often, multiple teams from the same school can compete at invitationals. The regional tournament qualifies a school for state, and state qualifies a team for nationals.

At each competition, students compete in groups of 2 or 3 (dependent on rules) in 23 separate events on teams of 15, which involve all areas of science. A complete listing of events for the 2022-2023 season can be found below — events rotate each year.


Life ScienceEarth & Space SciencePhysical Science & ChemistryEngineering & Tech (Build)Inquiry/Nature of Science
Anatomy and PhysiologyAstronomyChemistry LabBridgeCodebusters
Cell BiologyDynamic PlanetEnvironmental ChemistryDetector BuildingExperimental Design
Disease DetectivesRemote SensingForensicsScramblerFermi Question
ForestryRocks and MineralsIt’s About TimeTrajectoryWrite It, Do It
Green Generation WiFi LabWright Stuff 


Science Olympiad has been accredited by the following:

  • NASSP Student Contest & Activities Approved for 2016-2017
  • Combined Federal Campaign and Independent Charities of America “Best in America” Award Winner 2016
  • Combined Federal Campaign Educate America Federation Membership 2016
  • National Governors Association Center For Best Practices report inclusion: “Innovation America: Building a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Agenda” 2007
  • “Champions in Education” Award Winner for Best K-12 Volunteer Activity in the Midwest 2005
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers Building the Future Award Winner 2005

More information on Science Olympiad can be found at


Carmel Science Olympiad at the 2018 National Tournament

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