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Calling all STEM enthusiasts! We encourage all high schools and/or out of school clubs to form a team (or two, or three!) to participate in the 2023 Vermont Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 1, 2023 (tentatively 9-5 p.m.), hosted by the University of Vermont. Students and teachers alike say it was one of the most inspirational and memorable experiences of their educational life.
Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing student interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers.
Science Olympiad functions much like a sports team, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and practice. Each team is allowed to bring up to 15 students in grades 9-12 who cross-train for a variety of events in their skill set. (Schools may have more than one team.)
Science Olympiad events are held in every state in the country, with the intent of boosting students’ knowledge of and engagement with a wide range of science-related fields, including genetics, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering, and technology. The tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of team events, which students prepare for during the year. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science concepts, process skills and science applications.
The winner of each state level competition is offered the opportunity to compete at the national level, but the emphasis of the day-long event is on active participation and teamwork that brings students, teachers, university faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, volunteers and others together to create a community of science enthusiasts who work toward a shared goal.
“I cannot begin to tell you in how many ways this competition changed our students. Each of our kids brought something and overcame something."
—Burr and Burton Science Teacher Rebecca Allen
And, it’s really fun!
In the “Coaches Corner” we will provide resources for coaches to get a team started as well as tips and advice to succeed.
Lesley Riffenburg, Science Teacher, Peoples Academy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Edwin Eckel, Science Teacher, St. Johnsbury Academy: email@example.com
2023 Rules to be released 9/6/22; access them here: https://www.soinc.org/2023-rules-c
Check out the Science Olympiad website.
Check here regularly for updates from Science Olympiad: https://www.soinc.org/join/workshops They offer regular Wednesday Workshops plus other opportunities both live and recorded. And they have a YouTube Channel with lots of content: https://www.youtube.com/user/ScienceOlympiadTV
Coaches are encouraged to check out the Science Olympiad Coaching Program. It provides 26-weeks of lesson plans to use for Science Olympiad practices along with notes and resources for running a Science Olympiad team. You can find these in the Science Olympiad Store. Coaches who purchase the program also have access to special workshops and online resources.
For your own Science Olympiad experience, check out MYSO for free Lesson Plans and STEM career videos!
The Vermont’s Science Olympiad competition is led by Vermont State Tournament Director Leon Walls, Associate Professor in the Department of Education at UVM.
We thank Generac Power Systems for their generous donation in support of the 2023 Vermont Science Olympiad.
UVM Extension 4-H Programs
College of Education and Social Services (CESS)
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS)
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
Interested in sponsoring this year's event? Corporate or external sponsors are welcome! Email Lauren Traister to inquire.