What is the Science Olympiad?

Science Olympiad is an international non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, training workshops and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state and national tournaments. Science Olympiad 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.

Southwest Regional Competition for ND 

Competition Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Location: Dickinson State University
Registration Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2017
Cost: $170 per team

Each school may bring no more than two Division B teams and two Division C teams.
Division B:  6-9th graders
Division C:  9-12th graders

ND State Competition

Competition Date: April 22, 2017
Location: NDSU, Fargo, ND

State web page http://www.ndsu.edu/olympiad


In order to register, you must complete ALL of the following steps before the deadline.

  • You must register your team for the Southwest Regional Competition.     
    • Complete the online registration form here.  Faxed team forms will no longer be accepted.
    • If you have any problems with the online form, do not hesitate to call Corinne Brevik (contact info at end of letter). This year the form has been simplified so that you will no longer need the home mailing address for each student.
    • Team slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so get your form submitted ASAP.  Upon receipt of this form, you will be emailed a team number for each team you register.  You will need this team number in order to interpret the event schedules.

  • You must register your team with the North Dakota State Science Olympiad Coordinator.
    • Visit the ND Science Olympiad website at http://www.ndsu.edu/olympiad/  Fill out the online registration info and print out the resulting form.  Mail this form to the State Director (address on the bottom of the form).
    • You will receive the books containing the rules and event descriptions from the state upon completion of this step.

  • You must pay your registration fee 
    • Make your check payable to “ND Science Olympiad.”
    • Mail your check to Fargo with your state registration form.
    • We would like as many schools as possible to participate in Science Olympiad. Therefore, each school will be able to bring no more than two Division B teams (6th-9th graders) and two Division C teams (9th-12th graders). 

Contact information 

Dr. Corinne Brevik
Department of Natural Sciences
Dickinson State University
Dickinson, ND 58601

(701) 483-2575 Office
(701) 483-0526 Fax

Cindy Burgess
Department of Natural Sciences
Dickinson State University
Dickinson, ND 58601
(701) 483-2056 Office
(701) 483-0526 Fax


Day of the Event

Registration will be held in the DSU Student Center from 8 to 9 AM. 
Teachers will receive a packet containing schedules of events, maps, name tags, participation ribbons, and Official Science Olympiad pencils, enough for each student. 
Students and teachers will be allowed to “camp out” in one of the ballrooms in the Student Center.
Science Olympiad T-shirts will be for sale.

Team Information
Make sure your students know their Team Number. 
Students MAY NOT switch teams throughout the day.
A team may participate only once in each event.


B-Division Event Schedule

C-Division Event Schedule

Some events, such as Chemistry Lab and Food Science, state in the rules that students must bring goggles, test tubes, etc.  However, DSU will provide all glassware and lab equipment for all teams.  We will also provide goggles for all participants.  

There is one exception to this:  Students competing in Crime Busters (B-division) or Forensics (C-division) must bring their own forensics collection kits.  DSU will only provide the items listed in the rules as equipment provided by supervisors.

Students and coaches may eat at either of the following locations: the snack bar (upper level of the Student Center) 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., prices vary with items OR the cafeteria (lower level of the Student Center) all day. 
Please warn your students that the Snack Bar and Cafeteria are cash or credit card only. They do not accept checks.

Parking on the DSU campus has become stricter.  We will email out to all coaches a map of parking locations that will be available the day of the competition.  We want to ensure that none of our guests get a parking ticket.

The Awards Ceremony will start at approximately 4:30 pm in Scott Gym.
If you are unable to attend, awards will be mailed to your school.
Final scores will not become official until 5:00 pm, Friday, May 10, 2017.
Remember the key to winning the overall competition is to compete in every event!