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Welcome to the Oklahoma Science Olympiad.

For nearly 35 years, Science Olympiad has led the revolution in science education, bringing standards-based engagement in authentic Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.  Oklahoma has been involved in Science Olympiad for twenty years, starting first with schools and students in Putnam City Schools and spreading to involve schools and students in large and small, public and private schools from across Oklahoma.

Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school).  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.

Complete descriptions of all of this years events are located on the National Science Olympiad website- www.soinc.org.

Interested in forming a Science Olympiad team?  Need more information?  Contact Bob Melton, Director of the Oklahoma Science Olympiad.

Invitational Tournament #2 – Putnam City @ PC North, January 27th

Welcome to 2018 and the second state-wide invitational tournament of the school year.  This time we meet at Putnam City North High School, 11800 N. Rockwell in Oklahoma City. Find the location and map your route on Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/zFUicWBKxf12

Team check-in will open at 7 AM and the first events begin at 8,  The last event ends at 4:30 and the awards ceremony starts shortly thereafter.  Specific details for Coaches and Event Supervisors are found on the Oklahoma Science Olympiad Basecamp.

Make sure your calendar includes the next Oklahoma Tournaments: February 24th at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant and the State Science Olympiad Tournament on March 31st at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

It’s Not Too Late To Attend the Science Olympiad Training Conference!

     The 2017-18 Oklahoma Science Olympiad Training Conference is this Saturday.  It is not to late to be a part of this valuable training.  Registration is open through Thursday at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SO2018Training
     We will start promptly at 8 AM with introductions and housekeeping and a glimpse at the 2017 National Tournament at Wright State University as experienced by our 2017 State Champion teams from Casady School.  All participants will be together for the morning sessions as we will review the events that have both a Division B and Division C version.
     Presentations are approximately 15 minutes in length and present a quick overview of the events in terms of expectations and scoring.  Most of the presenters are the event supervisors for these events and some will be available to work with students at the Student Training Conference November 4th (more on this event at the conference).
     We will have a working lunch (provided) where Coaches will participate in a panel discussion featuring three experienced coaches who will offer advice and insight into the Science Olympiad coaching process as well as be available for questions.  Non-coaching Event Supervisors will also have a working lunch where the discussion will focus of the art and science of event supervising and mentoring as well as Science Olympiad policies and procedures.
     After lunch we will divide into groups based upon Divisions.  These event presentations will concentrate on those events that are exclusive to Division B and to Division C.
     Please remember that Science Olympiad is paperless this year.  There are no printed manuals as in the past.  Obtain your copy of the rules manual by following this link:  Digital Rules Manuals for 2018 – Free  and agreeing to join the Science Olympiad. Download and bring them on your device.

     You can still join the Oklahoma Science Olympiad and enroll your team(s) for the 2017-18 school year at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SO2018enrollment

Cost for the school year is the national membership fee of $60.
The address to send all Purchase Orders and Checks is:
Science Olympiad
University of Central Oklahoma
Campus Box 177
100 N. University Drive
Edmond OK 73034

Get Ready for the Tournaments…

This season there are 4 Science Olympiad Tournaments scheduled across Oklahoma.  The first 3 are termed “Invitational” in that all member teams of the Oklahoma Science Olympiad are invited to attend and compete. These are typically full-day affairs that give students the opportunity to practice and perfect their skills before the State Tournament in March.
  • Norman Invitational – Washington Irving Middle School, December 2nd
  • Putnam City Invitational – Putnam City North High School, January 27th
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University Invitational, February 24th
  • State Tournament – University of Central Oklahoma, March 31st
Don’t forget to enroll your team(s) for the 2017-18 school year at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SO2018enrollment
Cost for the school year is the national membership fee of $60.
The address to send all Purchase Orders and Checks is:
Science Olympiad
University of Central Oklahoma
Campus Box 177
100 N. University Drive
Edmond OK 73034
  • In addition, we are planning a training conference on November 4th at UCO for Science Olympiad participants.  Event Supervisor/Mentors for a number of events will conduct workshops for and with students to assist them with events.  Not all events will be offered, but we are working to have volunteer mentors to offer guidance and instruction for many of the construction and problem solving events.  Details and registration to follow after the training conference in September.

Time to Start

2018 Events Table

Yes, It’s time to start the 2017-18 edition of the Oklahoma Science Olympiad.

1st – Begin by enrolling your team(s) in the Science Olympiad.  This year we are once again waiving the state fee for Science Olympiad membership.  That will reduce the cost of annual membership to $60 per team, which is the national Science Olympiad fee.  Remember that only paid member teams can compete in Science Olympiad tournaments.  Each team can bring no more that 15 students to tournament.  Please consult the Science Olympiad rules for additional details as to grade requirements for Division B and Division C teams as there are restrictions and limitations.

The 2017-18 Oklahoma Science Olympiad Enrollment form is found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SO2018enrollment

Note that this year you will send your fee to different address from last year.
The address to send all Purchase Orders and Checks is:
Science Olympiad
University of Central Oklahoma
Campus Box 177
100 N. University Drive
Edmond OK 73034
Attn: Sharon Kelting
Please be sure to print a copy of the enrollment form to include with your Purchase Order/Check.
Enroll today and be one of the 7800+ teams that participate in Science Olympiad each year.
Any questions regarding your enrollment or fees, etc. should be directed to: bmelton@putnamcityschools.org.

The swap meet at the 2017 Science Olympiad Finals at Wright State University.

2nd – Register to attend the annual Oklahoma Science Olympiad training conference on September 23rd at the University of Central Oklahoma in Howell Hall.  This is a FULL DAY (8 AM – 4 PM) training for coaches and event supervisors.  We review each and every one of the 23 events in Division B and in Division C as well as have sessions specific to Science Olympiad Coaches and Olympiad Event Supervisors.  The workshop is free and lunch is provided!
Sign up for the Science Olympiad Training Conference here:
September 22nd is the deadline to register for the conference.


DAYTON, Ohio — Student teams from Troy High School in Fullerton, California, and Daniel Wright Junior High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois, took top honors at the 33rd Annual Science Olympiad National Tournament at Wright State University on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

“We are proud of the achievements of these winning teams and know their schools and communities will welcome them home like champions,” said Dr. Gerard Putz, Science Olympiad president and co-founder. “These students and teachers exemplify the best America has to offer in science, technology, engineering and math.”

One of the nation’s most prestigious science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions, Science Olympiad brings together 120 winning middle school and high school teams advancing from state-level competitions this spring. Rigorous hands-on and lab events led by experts from government agencies, top universities, industry and Science Olympiad state chapters cover topics in robotics, physics, epidemiology, astronomy, chemistry, meteorology, coding and engineering. A full list of 2017 national tournament award recipients and official tournament results, including event-by-event scoring is posted here:


Other top high school (Division C) winners at the National Tournament include:

– Second: Harriton High School, Rosemont, Pennsylvania

– Third: Solon High School, Solon, Ohio

– Fourth: Northville High School, Northville, Michigan

– Fifth: Mira Loma High School, Sacramento, California

– Sixth: William P. Clements High School, Sugar Land, Texas

– Seventh: Mounds View High School, Arden Hills, Minnesota

– Eighth: Liberal Arts and Science Academy, Austin, Texas

– Ninth: New Trier High School, Winnetka, Illinois

– Tenth: Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, Illinois
Other top middle school (Division B) winners at the National Tournament include:

– Second: Winston Churchill Middle School, Carmichael, California

– Third: Solon Middle School, Solon, Ohio

– Fourth: Meads Mill Middle School, Northville, Michigan

– Fifth: Beckendorff Junior High School, Katy, Texas

– Sixth: Longfellow Middle School, Falls Church, Virginia

– Seventh: Piedmont IB Middle School, Charlotte, North Carolina

– Eighth: Marie Murphy Middle School, Wilmette, Illinois

– Ninth: Springhouse Middle School, Allentown, Pennsylvania

– Tenth: Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School, Setauket, New York

Winners of the Science Olympiad will be offered scholarships to Wright State. All official members of the first- place team in Division B and Division C will receive a $2,500 scholarship, renewable for four years. In both divisions, the university will also award $1,000 scholarships to the first-place winners of each individual event, also renewable for four years. All awards are subject to admission requirements.

Teams from North Bethesda Middle School in Bethesda, Maryland, and Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, Georgia, earned the 2017 Lockheed Martin Spirit Award (including $2,000 for their team), which recognizes schools whose team members exhibit exemplary sportsmanship, teamwork, team spirit and respect that exemplify the spirit of Science Olympiad competition. In addition, Mentor High School from Mentor, Ohio, and Baker Middle School in Troy, Michigan, won the DuPont Team Enterprise Awards, recognizing a breakout performance by a team at the National Tournament.

Rank order for Division B and Division C – May 20, 2017

State Tournament March 25th – Be There!

Saturday, March 25th

The University of Central Oklahoma

Howell Hall

The Oklahoma Science Olympiad State Tournament

UCO plays host once again to the Science Olympiad State Tournament.  Teams representing public and private middle and high schools from across Oklahoma will engage in competition over the range of 46 STEM events in 2 divisions. The individual tournament events are produced by Event Supervisors who are themselves engaged in  STEM professions or who are STEM undergraduate and graduate students at UCO, OSU and OU.  The STEM professionals include professors and researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Rose State College, Oklahoma Mesonet, and the University of Central Oklahoma.

For the past 33 years, Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to 7,600 teams in 50 states. Science Olympiad’s ever-changing line-up of events in all STEM disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices, and energizes classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience.

The March 25th tournament will identify the Middle School team and the High School team that will each represent Oklahoma in the National Science Olympiad Tournament at Wright State University in May.