Science Olympiad

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, 2023
Location: Dickinson State University
Registration Deadline: Monday, February 27, 2023
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, 2023
Location: NDSU, Fargo, ND

State web page


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
    • If you have any problems with the online form, do not hesitate to call Laurie Heick or Maira Carrillo.
    • 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 Fand click on the “Register for the 2023 ND Science Olympiad” link.
    • This year, the books containing the rules and event descriptions are being distributed electronically. You will receive the rules books from the state Science Olympiad director upon completion of this step.
  • You must pay your registration fee 
    • Make your check payable to “ND Science Olympiad.”
    • After completing the online state registration form, you will receive instructions on where to mail your payment.

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. Maira Carrillo
Department of Natural Sciences
Dickinson State University
Dickinson, ND 58601

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


Laurie Heick
Department of Natural Sciences
Dickinson State University
Dickinson, ND 58601
(701) 502-4243 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,
  • Official Science Olympiad pencils, for each student. 

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.


Division B Schedule

Division C Schedule

All impounding must be done between 8:30-9:00 am.  Devices requiring impounding should be taken to the room where the event will be held

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.


All buses will need to be parked in the Wienbergen Parking Lot, located just west of Wienbergen Gym.  Any private cars please park either in the Wienbergen Parking Lot or in the Murphy Hall Parking Lot.  (Event Parking signs will be out in both lots to help direct guests to those locations.)


The Awards Ceremony time TBD depending on the length of the events
If you are unable to attend, awards will be mailed to your school.
Remember the key to winning the overall competition is to compete in every event!