What is Science Olympiad

          The Science Olympiad is a national nonprofit organization established in 1983, devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing the student interest in science, and providing recognition of outstanding achievement in science education by students. These goals were accomplished through classroom activities, research, training workshops, and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state and national tournaments.


          The science Olympiad Tournaments are academic competitions, which consist of 23 events that students prepare for during the year. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced among the various science disciplines: Biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, physical science, astronomy, engineering, medicine, computers, and technology. There is also a mixture of events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills, and applications.


          Science Olympiad is a team competition requiring teamwork, group planning, and cooperation. The emphasis is on learning, participation, interaction, having fun, and developing team spirit. Competing teams consist of 15 students. On competition day, each event test is administered during a specific one-hour period to 2-3 team members working jointly for a team score. Throughout the year, each student may be building, preparing, or studying for as many as 4 or 5 events; each event normally has 3 or 4 students mastering the skills necessary to be tested.

Science Olympiad in Centerville Schools

          Centerville High School has participated in Science Olympiad since 1984-85. Magsig Middle School began participating in Science Olympiad in 1996-97. Each team has won numerous regional and state championships, earning the opportunity to represent the state of OHIO at the national Science Olympiad Tournament. Watts Middle School and Tower Middle School began participating in 1998-99, and both teams have qualified for the state tournament multiple times.


          Over the past 30 years, Centerville High School has been consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally, including two National Championships in 2009 and 2010. They finished 2nd in the nation in 1999, 2000, 2007, and 2011 at the National Tournament, 3rd in the nation in 2001, 2006 and 2008, 4th in 2005, 2012, and 2013, 5th in 2003, and 6th 2004. Magsig Middle School, placed 3rd in the nation in 2008, in only their fourth year of participation was ranked 4th in the nation in 2001, 5th in 2011, 6th in 2001 and 2010, 8th in 1999, 9th in 2012, 10th in 2000, and 11th in 2004.