Welcome to the Oklahoma Science Olympiad.

For 30 years the National Science Olympiad has lead 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 ten years through involvement of schools and students in Putnam City Schools.

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.

Get Ready for Next Year’s Science Olympiad

2016 SO chart

Several years ago I was able to attend the National Science Olympiad Tournament when it was hosted by Wichita State. We stayed off campus along with several teams from other states so there was an opportunity to talk with students and coaches in the time just before and after the tournament on Saturday (everybody had their game face on when we saw them on Saturday).  Early Sunday morning at breakfast I spoke to a young man who had scored well (top 3) the day before in the Wright Stuff competition the day before.  We talked about his airplane and how well it performed during the tournament.  And then he told me that he would start building his planes for the next year as soon as he returned home.  He said, “I know some of these other guys who are building airplanes and next year’s Wright Stuff winner will start building next week”.

I was struck by how insightful this young man was about what it takes to compete at the elite level of Science Olympiad.  The 2016 champions National Champions have already started preparing for the 2016 Science Olympiad Tournament.  Have you started?

Next year’s events are posted above.  If you are able to go to the National Science Olympiad Summer Institute this summer, you will get a preview and a jump start on preparation.

The next best thing is our own one-day workshop at UCO on Saturday, September 26th.  We will post detail later in the summer, BUT MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW!

Participants will review the rules and specifications for each of the 23 Division B (middle school) or the 23 Division C (high school) events.  In addition, we will have a panel for Event Supervisors and one for Coaches so you can find out all you need to know to get prepared for the upcoming Science Olympiad invitational tournament season.  We’ll have registration forms for the training posted soon on this website and on the Science Olympiad Basecamp as well.

You can also begin the process to join Science Olympiad.  Enrollment forms will be posted in July, and you can begin the Purchase Order process with the start of the new fiscal year in July.  Purchase Orders should be made to the Putnam City Administrative Activity Fund, 5401 NW 40th, Oklahoma  City, OK  73122  The memo should read “Science Olympiad”.  Only Science Olympiad members can receive rule books, which normally arrive in mid-September.

Membership in the Science Olympiad is $100 per team.  $60 of that fee is for national membership, the remaining $40 stays on Oklahoma and helps fund the Oklahoma Science Olympiad.

Schools may enter as many teams as they wish to compete in invitational tournaments as well as the State Tournament.  However, EACH team must have a separate national and state membership.  If, for example, your school has 50 students who want to compete in the tournaments,  you can establish 3 separate teams and bring them to the competitions.  However, each team will have to have a separate paid National and State Science Olympiad membership ($100 X 3 = $300 total). Only teams with fully paid memberships will be allowed to participate in invitational tournaments or the state tournament. This is a requirement of the National Science Oympiad.

Watch this space, much more information will be posted on www.oksciolympiad.org.

Casady B and C Teams Compete in the Science Olympiad National Tournament

(Lisa Bek-gran)

(Lisa Bek-gran)

Casady  B earned 47th and Casady C earned 53rd of the 66 teams in each division at the Science Olympiad National Tournament at the University of Nebraska last week-end.

Complete results can be found here:
In addition, The team of Nicolas Moore and Michael Ting placed 8th in the SUMO BOTS trial event and Jackson Davis tied for 8th place in the B Division Science Bowl trial event held on Friday.
(courtesy Shannon Semet)

(courtesy Shannon Semet)

Casady Coach Aric Sappington was one of two middle school and two high school coaches selected from a pool of eligible applicants to receive an expenses-paid trip to the Science Olympiad Summer Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 13-17, 2015 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. (Valued at $2,000 each; registration, hotel, workshops and meals covered; travel voucher included.) The national training conference is a tremendous and valuable event and definitely something to put on your Science Olympiad Coach bucket list! Aric’s award is sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

Student teams from Troy High School in Fullerton, CA and Solon Middle School in Solon, Ohio took top honors at the 31st Annual Science Olympiad National Tournament at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, on Saturday, May 16, 2015. “These winning teams exemplify the best America has to offer in science, technology, engineering and math,” says Gerard Putz, Science Olympiad president and co-founder. “We are proud of their achievements and know their schools and communities will welcome them home like champions.”

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, building and lab events led by experts from government agencies, top universities and Science Olympiad state chapters cover topics in physics, epidemiology, astronomy, chemistry, meteorology and engineering. A full list of 2015 national tournament award recipients and official tournament results, including event-by-event scoring is posted here: http://soinc.org/2015_national_tournament

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

– Second: Mira Loma HS, California
– Third: Liberal Arts and Science Academy, Texas
– Fourth: Centerville HS, Ohio
– Fifth: Mounds View HS, Minnesota
– Sixth: Munster HS, Indiana
– Seventh: Fayetteville-Manlius HS, New York
– Eighth: Harriton HS, Pennsylvania
– Ninth: Grand Haven HS, Michigan
– Tenth: Adlai E. Stevenson HS, Illinois
Other top middle school (Division B) winners at the National Tournament include:
– Second: Beckendorff JHS, Texas
– Third: Winston Churchill MS, California
– Fourth: Piedmont IB MS, North Carolina
– Fifth: Daniel Wright JHS, Illinois
– Sixth: Marie Murphy MS, Illinois
– Seventh: Longfellow MS, Virginia
– Eighth: Muscatel MS, California
– Ninth: Meads Mill MS, Michigan
– Tenth: Paul J. Gelinas JHS, New York
The University of Nebraska awarded 47 scholarships to Science Olympiad National Tournament gold medal winners in the high school Division C. Out-of-state students will receive the George Beadle Scholarship, valued at $13,500 a year for four years, while resident students will receive a tuition scholarship for up to 120 credit hours or the completion of a bachelor’s degree, subject to UNL requirements.Teams from Bedford MS in Connecticut and Desert Mountain HS in Arizona earned the 2015 Lockheed Martin Spirit Awards (including $2,000 for their team), which recognize schools whose team members exhibit exemplary sportsmanship, teamwork, team spirit and respect that exemplify the spirit of Science Olympiad competition. In addition, Fulton Science Academy from Georgia and Mentor High School from Ohio won the DuPont Team Enterprise Awards, recognizing a breakout performance by a team at the National Tournament.Local sponsors of the 2015 Science Olympiad National Tournament include the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Cooper Foundation, Peter Kiewit Institute, Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lozier, UNL College of Arts and Sciences, UNL College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, UNL College of Education and Human Sciences, UNL Housing and Dining, Awards Unlimited, J.C. and Jessie Seacrest Family Foundation, Nebraska Environmental Trust Public Information and Education Grants and University of NE State Museum. Science Olympiad is supported nationally by University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Combined Federal Campaign, FOX Broadcasting,

Lockheed Martin, NBC Universal Foundation, ACE Hardware, ArcelorMittal, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Discovery Education 3M Young Scientists Challenge, DuPont and the DuPont Center for Collaborative Research and Education, DuPont Pioneer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Texas Instruments, University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG), US Army ROTC, VWR Foundation, Ward’s Science, Academy of Model Aeronautics, Chandra X-Ray Center and NASA, Investing in Communities, MAKE Magazine, National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC), Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Yale Young Global Scholars, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Hardware Science, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Maker Education Initiative and Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE).

Science Olympiad is a Chicago-area-based national nonprofit organization founded in 1984. It is dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 STEM education, increasing student interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers. More than 220,000 students on 7,300 teams from all 50 states competed in 390 regional, state and national Science Olympiad tournaments last year.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is an educational institution of international stature, known for its research in key areas of water, food, robotics, concussions and digital humanities. Over 25,000 students from 100 countries study here and benefit from a strong focus on undergraduate education, intensive honors programs and research opportunities with top faculty. A member of the Big Ten Conference, Nebraska ranks among the top 50 public universities by U.S. News & World Report.

State Tournament Results


Casady B and C teams celebrate wins at the State Tournament. (photo Lisa Bek-gran)


The University of Central Oklahoma once again played host to the Oklahoma Science Olympiad State Tournament.  23 teams competed for honors and the right to represent Oklahoma at the National Science Olympiad tournament on May 16th at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

Tournament Results:

Division B:

1st Place – Casady Middle School, Oklahoma City.  Aric Sappington, Coach

2nd Place – Whittier Middle School, Norman.  Nikki Tolbert, Coach

3rd Place – Central Middle School, Bartlesville. Diane Herron, Coach

Division C:

1st Place – Casady Upper School, Oklahoma City. Lisa Bek-gran, Coach

2nd Place – Union High School, Tulsa. Jenny Jackson, Coach

3rd Place – Tishomingo, High School, Tishomingo. Selena Thomas, Coach

As always, the Oklahoma Science Olympiad is grateful to our tournament host, the University of Central Oklahoma and the Dean of the School of Math and Science, Dr. Charlotte Simmons and our Tournament Director, Dr. Beth Allan for their support for the State Tournament.

Thanks must also go to the many people who donated their time this year to the Oklahoma Science Olympiad.  This includes the many people who served as Event Supervisors at any of the tournaments held this year.  These STEM Professionals make it possible to hold 46 events for the over 400 students who participated in the Science Olympiad this year.  There are many other volunteers that serve roles in supporting teams, providing transport, mentoring, and helping to put on tournaments.  At the State Tournament alone, students from UCO, OSU, and OU were working behind the scenes to provide logistical support.  Event Supervisors from the United States Air Force, NOAA, the National Severe Storms Lab, OU, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, OG&E, UCO, the Sooner Flight Academy, Rose State College, and from most of the participating schools, made it possible to offer all but one of the Science Olympiad events.

Finally, thank you to all students and Coaches who participated in the Science Olympiad this year.  Tell all your friends and bring them on board and involved next school year in America’s number one STEM Competition.

State Tournament Saturday, March 7

The University of Central Oklahoma once again plays host to the Oklahoma Science Olympiad.  Team Check-in begins at 7:30 and the Opening Ceremony begins in Constitution Hall of the Nigh Center at 8:30. Competing begins at 9:10 AM in various location in Howell Hall, the Nigh University Center and Wantland Gym and continuing through the day until 4:30 PM, when the tournament concludes with the Awards Presentation in Constitution Hall.  Many events are closed to the public, but some of the events in the University Center Ballroom, Wantland Hall, and the Auditoriam in Howell Hall are open to spectators.


It’s on at the University of Central Oklahoma this Saturday, March 7th.  Team Check-in room is Howell Hall, Room 306.  Events through the day are in Wantland Hall, Howell Hall and the Nigh University Center.  Opening ceremonies are in the Nigh Center’s Constitution Hall at 8:30AM.  Be there and wear your Oklahoma Science Olympiad t-shirt. (order by March 2nd at http://oklahomashirtcompany.com/products/science-olympiad-15)


Wonderful examples of the impact made by Science Olympiad in ways we might not have hoped/imagined

Hello Science Olympiad Friends!

From Jenny Kopach
Science Olympiad
VP Marketing Communications
National Executive Board Member .


I was state champion in Anatomy & Physiology in 2012, the team was 3rd place for three years in a row and just a few points away from going to the national competition. I won over 70 medals over the four years I participated in Science Olympiad, and it was the most important academic competition in my life. Visiting Indiana University Bloomington’s campus for state Science Olympiad competitions helped me make the decision that I would go to  IU. Science Olympiad instilled a love for science and learning in me that will last me the rest of my life.

— Mason Markovich, Valedictorian, Whiting HS, Student at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

After spending three years studying protein biochemistry as part of Protein Modeling, I decided to study bioengineering as an undergrad. Honestly, without my involvement in Science Olympiad I would not have decided on this field of study, or even been accepted into my undergraduate school (CalTech). The opportunity to study interesting fields at levels beyond what was available to me in high school allowed me to explore so many fields of science I would never have touched upon otherwise. I’m incredibly grateful for the direction and opportunity that Science Olympiad gave me, as well as for the leadership experience and incredible memories that came with being a member of my high school team.

— Emily Mazo, Bioengineering/Computer Science Student at CalTech, CA (participated in PA Science Olympiad)

I received 30 medals overall through all six years I competed. My team did very well at the regional level, placing in the top five every year.  We did well at the State level as well, placing in the top eight every year. Science Olympiad has been part of my family for many years and it was literally a dream come true for me to be able to compete at the competitions and receive medals at the regional and state levels. I loved Science Olympiad and it became my passion. After competing in Anatomy and Designer Genes, my desire to be a nurse was confirmed. Another huge benefit of Science Olympiad was that I got familiar with the college campus. The university where the Science Olympiad competition was held is where I attend college now.  Because of the Science Olympiad competitions, I was familiar with the college campus. I knew where my classes were without even looking at a map and that knowledge calmed my nerves on the first day of classes. I LOVE Science Olympiad and I am so excited that I get to coach the students now and motivate them to do their best. It is such a joy to be part of their success at competition. Now, I coach four different events for the high school that I graduated from. I also assist in head coaching the whole team.

— Katelyn Kamp, Student at Grand Valley State University, MI

I didn’t know this as a sixth grader in the fall of 2002, but my participation in Science Olympiad would end up having a profound impact on my life. Because of my exposure to science and engineering in my Science Olympiad events, I ended up taking a number of advanced science courses in high school, which (not surprisingly) led to majoring in chemical engineering in college. Today, I’m a materials and process engineer at Boeing and use many of the same principles in my job that I learned while working on events like Experimental Design, Water Quality, Can’t Judge A Powder and so many more. STEM outreach is now one of my biggest passions, and organizations such as Science Olympiad are paramount in getting kids interested in STEM careers. I still stay involved with Science Olympiad serving at regional and state competitions; it’s truly a joy to see the minds of future scientists and engineers at work.

— Kate Nolan, Engineer at The Boeing Company, St. Louis, MO

Flight Events Workshop

Have students that could use a little help with Wright Stuff, Elastic Launch Glider or Bottle Rockets?  Sign them up for the Science Olympiad Flight Workshop!  This is a half-day workshop for students to be held at in  the science wing of Putnam City High School, 5300 NW 50th Street, Oklahoma City in Saturday, November 8th.  The classes will start at 8:30 AM and end before noon.
These are hands-on workshops taught be Steve Goodgame, of BotBall, Matt Esker of the Sooner Flight Academy, and Bob Melton
Participants in the Wright Stuff and Elastic Launch Glider Workshops will learn about the rules of these events and will begin construction of aircraft using kits from Freedom Flight Models.  Materials for construction of one aircraft will be provided to each participating team, although supplies are limited and teams from the same school may be required to share during the workshop.  Bottle Rocket workshop will need to bring their own event-compatible soft drink bottle.
Questions about this workshop or it’s content?  Post to this message thread for answers.  Steve and Matt are in this Basecamp group.
Register for this workshop here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7XD8Y7V
Deadline for registration in Monday, November 3rd

Register NOW for the Broken Arrow Invitational

The Broken Arrow Invitational Tournament at Oneta Ridge Middle School will take place November 22nd.  Oneta Ridge is located at 6800 East Quincy Place, Broken Arrow, OK.

Register your team Today at this URL: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KZSZRL9
Every team MUST supply an event supervisor.  The registration form has a place for the contact information of your event supervisor(s) and the events they will supervise.  We will also keep a running record go the tournament events with identified supervisors on Oklahoma Science Olympiad Coach’s basecamp page.
Each team MUST be a paid member of the National Science Olympiad in order to participate in this tournament.