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The Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. Teams of 15 students develop teamwork and problem-solving throughout the year in preparation for each event. Middle and high school teams initially compete in one-day regional tournaments held at several locations throughout Tennessee. The top teams from each division advance to the state tournament held at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in the spring. The winning team in each division competes in the National Tournament, generally scheduled in late May.

Multiple events in earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, computers, and technology follow the format of popular board games, TV shows, and athletic games. Events in the Science Olympiad have been designed to recognize the wide variety of skills that students possess. While some events require knowledge of scientific facts and concepts, others rely on scientific processes, skills, or applications.

Science Olympiad is an ideal way to increase student interest in science and engineering in a school. The knowledge and skills students develop through competing in Science Olympiad improve their overall academic performance and help prepare them for college. Participation in Science Olympiad is the kind of extra-curricular activity prized by admissions committees for prestigious summer programs, such as the Governor’s Schools, and by college and scholarship evaluation committees.

This website provides information about the Tennessee Science Olympiad Program. To register a team, please click on the Registration Information link. How to start a team can be found under Coach and Team Resources.