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Tennessee Science Olympiad 2021 Season Announcement

The Tennessee Science Olympiad Board of Directors is excited to share plans for the 2021 Science Olympiad tournament season. COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives resulting in multiple ways to conduct school this fall season.

National Science Olympiad has laid out a strategy for continuing student participation that is geared to all students and all teams (available at With respect to Tennessee:

  • All Tennessee regional tournaments will be hosted virtually based on the Mini SO model identified by the National Science Olympiad
  • Previously it was announced there would be two build events, in addition to the 16 Mini SO model events, hosted at both regional and state competitions. However, build events will not be included in regional competitions. If the state tournament is hosted in-person build events may be included (the state tournament will make a decision by the end of the calendar year).
  • All teams will compete in regional tournaments in six fixed events each week for three weeks – Feb. 13, 20, and 27. Register your team for the regional competition by clicking here.
  • View the 2021 Regional Event Schedule by clicking here.
  • Award ceremonies will be hosted virtually
  • The State Tournament may be virtual (April 10 or 17) or on-site (April 24) depending on COVID-19 conditions in the spring. If on site, it will be held at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus
  • Returning school registration fees will be $150 for the first team and $75 for all additional teams. New school registration fees will be $75 for each team
  • Complete details will be posted in the Fall Newsletter which will come out in the coming weeks
  • National Science Olympiad will be sponsoring My SO with monthly challenges and resources
  • Plans for Virtual Coaches Clinics and Virtual Invitationals for Divisions B & C are being considered
  • The 2021 Science Olympiad National Tournament is scheduled for May 21-22, 2021 at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ