How to Organize a Team

Organizing a Science Olympiad Team

There are several ways to organize your school’s Science Olympiad team depending upon the level of support available from parents, administration, industry and staff.  Below is an example outline for getting a team started.

1) Identify Interested Students.

  • Have an information meeting with Gary Carlson, the Idaho Science Olympiad Promoter, by calling (208) 362-4999.
  • Announce Olympiad in class.
  • Approach promising students.
  • Offer extra credit for participation in selected events.
  • Have Students recruit friends. 

2) Have Students Choose Events  (A school is not required to participate in all events)

  • Post sign-up sheets.  (Find what events interest the students)
  • Distribute Science Olympiad manuals.
  • Get Students for form squads (typically two students) for events.
  • Identify events that overlap with school curriculum. 

3) Register your team(s) by e-mailing Michael Straight at Northwest Nazarene university.  Your school will be billed $100 per team or $80 per team for schools participating for the first time.

  • Lobby school administration for fee.
  • Use money from department fees.
  • Solicit entry fee from industry (sponsorship)
  • Collect Science Olympiad activity fee from participating students (promise T-shirts?). 

4) Prepare for Events

  • Use information from class work.
  • Do library / Internet research.
  • Solicit parents / friends as event coaches.
  • Ask teachers for references.
  • Approach industry for help as mentors and tutors.
  • Walk into the competition cold.

5) Compete April 10th  at NNU in Nampa, and/or March 13th at ISU in Pocatello (Jr. high)

  • Get events schedule early (It will be mailed to you if you have registered).
  • Organize squads.
  • Organize car pool.
  • Show up and go for the gold!

The Science Olympiad Program is so successful because it is FUN.  Best friends get to sign up for an event together.  Many non-athletic students get to compete for their school for the first time.  Strong academic performers find an outlet for their talents that go beyond the classroom.  Many teams design a T-shirt to wear to the competition.  Working in college laboratories, classrooms and museums is also a new thrill for many.  The Science Olympiad format evokes in students an enthusiasm seldom seen outside of athletic sports.