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Science Olympiad

About Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is an academic team that competes in a series of 23 team events in the high school division. A portion of the events are changed each year to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology.

Hands-on Participation

Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students by combining events from all disciplines. A strong emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Since teamwork is a required skill in most scientific and engineering careers, Science Olympiad encourages group learning by designing events that forge cross-curricular alliances, such as Elevated Bridge where an engineering enthusiast and a wood shop student can become gold medalists or Write It Do It where a talented builder and a student with a strong science vocabulary can excel.

Event Experiences

Airplane building and flying, launching apparatuses, and electronic detector devices are just a few other examples of the hands-on build events. Academic events include topics such as disease detection, environmental science, chemistry equilibrium, ornithology, astronomy and many more!


Throughout the year, the team competes in a Regional and State Tournament with additional opportunities to attend many practice Invitationals, all leading up to the Science Olympiad National Tournament, held at a different university each year. This allows students the opportunity to visit new parts of the country and tour colleges they might consider for their undergraduate studies. Additionally, medal winners from the State Tournament are now awarded with scholarships for UNI.