This year the Science Olympiad teams compete on Tuesday, November 25th. There are 14 events that the 10th - 12th graders prepare for and 14 events that the 7th - 9th graders prepare for. We compete in Bozeman. Each student competes in two events. Students prepare for two types of competitions. There are written tests on science subjects that they need to prepare for. There are also building events in which they must build a contraption according to a set of specifications and use it at the competition.
The following information about the event is directly copies from the Science Olympiad website:
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.
For more information about the Science Olympiad, they can visit http://soinc.org/