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WHAT IS THE MINNESOTA SCIENCE OLYMPIAD?

Minnesota Science Olympiad is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has a mission to promote STEM education for students in Minnesota K-12 schools by engaging communities in the thrill, excitement and challenge of science, technology, engineering and math competition. Team competition is patterned after track tournaments with challenging and motivational events ranging from earth science through physics. Events range from hands-on labs to student built machines, from outdoor events to paper and pencil tests. There is also a balance between events requiring scientific knowledge and understanding, and others requiring process and application skills. Although some events require an individual from one team to compete against other individuals from other schools, most events require teamwork, group planning, and cooperation. The emphasis is on learning, participation, interaction, having fun and team spirit.

Schools compete with a team of up to 15 students. A school may have multiple teams (but multiple coaches are required). There are two major tournaments: regionals and the state tournament. The top 30 teams from the regional tournaments around the state compete at the State Science Olympiad. The middle school state tournament will be held at St. Olaf College in Northfield and the high school state tournament will be held on the campus of Bethel University in St. Paul. The top team in the state advances to the National Science Olympiad held in May (or two teams if enough teams register).

Click here to download the qualifications for teams to participate in the Science Olympiad.

There are three divisions, an Elementary School (A-Division), a Jr. High/Middle School (B-division) and a Sr. High (C-division). Last year over 14,000 elementary and secondary teams from the United States and Canada competed in the Science Olympiad program. The Official National Science Olympiad Web Page can be viewed at http://www.SOinc.org.

The Minnesota Science Olympiad is supported by Bethel University, St. Olaf College, Inver Hills Community College, the University of Minnesota, Minnesota State University - Moorhead, Flint Hills Resources and many volunteers.

AWARDS

First, second, and third place medals will be given for each event at both the regional and state competitions. In addition, championship trophies will be awarded to the teams compiling the most total points during the state competition. The winning team (or top two teams if enough teams register) from each division at the State competition will be invited to the National Science Olympiad held in May at a different university each year.

REGISTRATION

Start the process by completing the online registration process. You will receive a bill for the registration fee. A registration fee of $150 per team (15 students per school) covers both the national and state fees. The fee registers your team with the National Science Olympiad allowing you to advance to the state and national tournaments, covers the cost of awards, rule books, and helps cover costs for the Science Olympiad. You may enroll additional teams for $100 per team, however, the rules for multiple teams apply (click here to see multiple team rules). There will be at least four regional competitions which will select schools for the State Olympiad at each division. Each school competing will be asked to coordinate an event at the regional tournament. Please indicate on your team's letter of intent which subjects you teach to assign you an event in your area of expertise.