2015-2016 Tournament Schedule

The training conference for Coaches and Event Supervisors is over (we had a great time by the way.  Thank you Jimmy John’s, the Santiago family’s McDonald franchise, and Target for their donations), and so now it’s time to concentrate on the TOURNAMENTS!
Invitational Tournaments are open to all registered and paid members of the Oklahoma Science Olympiad.  Have YOU paid your 2015-16 membership fee?
November 21 – Broken Arrow, Oneta Ridge MS
December 12 – Norman, Irving MS
January 9 – Casady School, Oklahoma City
February 6 – Murray State College, Tishomingo
State Tournament
March 5 – UCO, Edmond
Details to follow.

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.


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)


PC Tournament Completed (Finally) Casady Up Next

The re-started Putnam City Tournament hosted 14 teams last week-end in a re-start of the December 7th tournament that was postponed due to the ice storm that shut down most schools in the state for three days.  Although there were fewer teams (14) and events (13 in each division) than originally scheduled for December, the competition was good and the teams showed growth from the first tournament in November.  We also had 2 new Division B teams joining us in their first Science Olympiad EVER – St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School and Edmond Cimarron Middle School.


Division B

1st Place – Capps Middle School

2nd Place – Western Oaks Middle School

3rd Place – Whittier Middle School (team A)

Division C

1st Place – Putnam City High School

2nd Place – Harding Charter Prep

3rd Place – Dove Science Academy Tulsa


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Next up, the Casady School Tournament on February 1.  More teams, more events, more Olympians.  Are you Ready?

Coaches! Register your team today!

Go the the Oklahoma Science Olympiad Basecamp page and click the link to register.  Or you can register here. You will be able to submit your roster for the tournament on Basecamp beginning the week before the tournament.

The Oklahoma Science Olympiad State Tournament is March 1.  Registration for the state tournament will open right after the Casady Tournament is completed.

Oklahoma Finals Held at UCO

The State Finals Tournament of the Oklahoma Science Olympiad was held March 2nd on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.  9 Division B Teams and 3 Division C teams competed for the right to represent Oklahoma at the National Science OLympiad Tournament at Wright State University in late May.

Metric Mastery

Metric Mastery

Special Thanks go the the staff and faculty of the College of Mathematics and Science at UCO, Dean John Barthell, Dr. Beth Allan, the UCO Tournament Director who coordinated facilities and UCO staff, and Jonna Whetsel, the Tournament Facilitator who coordinated the efforts of University students and volunteers from the UCO chapter of the Tri-Beta National Biological Sciences Honor Society.  Further thanks go to Oklahoma Science Olympiad Clerk and Official Scorers Melinda Porterfield and Brenda Chapman.

State Science Director Tiffany Niell supervising Gravity Vehicle

State Science Director Tiffany Neill supervising Gravity Vehicle

And of course, much thanks goes to the small army of Event Supervisors who developed, set-up. ran, and judged the 40 events that were a part of this year’s State Finals.

Keep the Heat

Keep the Heat

Finally, to the Olympians and their Coaches, Congratulations on a great Tournament Season.  The Oklahoma Science Olympiad experienced tremendous growth this year and together, next year will be even better.  The valuable feedback from this year’s tournament participants is already bearing fruit as plans are already underway for teacher workshops this summer and next fall and the start of the 2013-14 Tournament season in November!

Chem Lab

Chem Lab

Here are the final standing from the State Finals Tournament:

Division B:

1st – Casady

2nd – Whittier

3rd – Dove

4th – Western Oaks

5th – Cooper

6th – Capps

7th – Irving

8th – Haskell

9th – Longfellow

Division C:

1st – Union High School

2nd – Putnam City High School

3rd – Putnam City West High School


The Union High School State Champion Science Olympiad Team with Coach Mike Carpenter

The Union High School State Champion Science Olympiad Team with Coach Mike Carpenter

Gettin’ Ready for the State Finals

Plans are underway for the 2013 Oklahoma Science Olympiad State Finals.

Are YOU ready?

The schedule will be sent to Coaches next week.

Need to make plans for lunch for the team?

There are a number of options very close to the campus, including:

Papa John’s Pizza, 109 E 2nd St  Edmond, OK 73034, (405) 844-7900
McAlister’s Deli of Edmond1021 E. 2nd Street/ Edmond OK, 73034, (405) 340-3354
Hideaway Pizza, 116 E. 5th St., Edmond, OK 73034, 405-348-4777
Little Caesars Pizza, 1323 BRYANT ST, EDMOND, OK 73034, (405) 348-3363

There are many other fast-food locations within a mile of the campus that are just a Google search away.

Registration Documents

Remember, Team Registrations and the Event Roster C or Event Roster B should be returned to Bob Melton by February 25th.  Final versions of those documents should be turned in at Team Registration on March 2nd.  Don’t forget the photo release.


We have made arrangements with Justin Lawrence at Oklahoma Shirt Company to produce a special t-shirt for the 2013 Science Olympiad Finals Tournament.  Cost is $10 per shirt and they will be available for purchase and for order pick-up at the tournament.

Please email Bob Melton by February 22nd (this is a change from the original deadline) with the number and sizes of shirts you will purchase for any group order you may make for your team at the tournament.  You can pick them up at the Tournament with a Purchase Order, or check, cash or credit card.  Additional shirts will be available on-site.

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The Biggest at Original


Students at Putnam City High School take pride in being the “Original”  high school in the district.  It is also the “original” location of the Science Olympiad in Oklahoma and has hosted  Olympiad Tournaments since 2005.  It is also the location of what today became the largest Science Olympiad Tournament ever held in Oklahoma.  Eleven Division B teams and Three Division C teams spent Groundhog Day competing in 38 events in this final run-up to next month’s State Tournament at UCO in what was once again a very competitive Tournament.

Division B order of finish is:

1 -Casady MS

2 – Cooper MS

3 – Capps MS

4 – Haskell MS a

5 – Haskell MS b

6 – Whittier MS 1

7 – Irving MS

8 – Longfellow MS

9 – Dove Science Academy, Tulsa

10 – Whittier 2

11 – Mayfield MS

Division C order of finish is:

1 – Union HS

2 – Putnam City HS

3 – Putnam City West HS

Thanks once again to all the Olympians, Coaches, and the great Judges who devoted their time and effort to make the PC High Tournament so great.

Oklahoma State Department of Education Science Director Tiffany Niell start the timer for a Gravity Vehicle trial run.

Oklahoma State Department of Education Science Director Tiffany Niell starts the timer for a Gravity Vehicle trial run.

Remember the State Tournament next month in Edmond at The University of Central Oklahoma where teams will compete for the chance to represent Oklahoma in the National Science Olympiad Tournament at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.