The Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to increasing
student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by providing
recognition for outstanding team achievements in 23 STEM related events.
Science Olympiad offers event opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school
students that span biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, engineering, and inquiry.
Groups of 15 students develop teamwork while problem-solving throughout the year in
preparation for each event, then compete in one-day regional tournaments held at several
locations throughout Tennessee.
In Division B and Division C, each of the events are categorized into 5 different
categories; Life, Personal & Social Science, Earth & Space Science, Physical Science
& Chemistry, Technology & Engineering, and Inquiry & Nature of Science. A complete
list of these events and their descriptions can be referenced below.
Division B & C Team Registration is now OPEN!
Team registration is open now through December 15th. Online registration is required. Each team has a maximum of 15 students. There is
no minimum number of students per team. The maximum number of teams is two - prior
to December 15, 2023. Additional teams may be added on a space available basis beginning
December 18, 2023.
When K-6 students participate in the Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO) experience,
they gain first-hand exposure to STEM disciplines, build confidence, and prepare for
future, higher-level STEM competitions!
ESO (Division A) team registration opens soon.
Teams are required to pay fees in order to participate in Invitational, Regional,
State, or National tournaments.
$225 for returning teams + $175 for each additional team per division
$175 for new teams OR schools that have not competed in the last five years
Regional competitions serve to reduce the amount of teams competing at the state level.
At the state competition, the top teams in each region in a given state compete with
each other. The state competition decides the team(s) that advance to the National
The final contest in Science Olympiad is the best teams from across the country competing
against each other. The competition is significantly harder than most state and regional
competitions. Prizes and scholarships are awarded to the top scorers in each event.
The National Tournament is typically held on a university campus, with teams either
flying or driving in.
- September 11, 2023: Regional Registration Opens
- December 15, 2023: Regional Registration Closes
- February – March 2024: Regional Tournaments
- April 2024: State Tournament
- May 24-25, 2024: National Tournament