General SO Info

Medina City Schools will host its annual Elementary Science Olympiad Tournament on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Medina High School. This tournament is designed to create hands-on science learning throughout the school year, culminating in an academic competition. Olympic type medals are awarded for the event winners and winning teams will be recognized. Participation in the tournament is open to all 3rd through 5th graders both public or private schools.


Science Olympiad (SO): Founded in 1984, Science Olympiad is one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to 7,800 teams in all 50 states. Has three Divisions.

Division A (ESO): Elementary schools level, local competition only.

Division B: Middle School level (grades 6-9), may have up to five 9th graders on a team. Compete at Invitationals, Regional, and if qualify State & National levels.

Division C: High School level (grades 9-12), may have up to seven 12th graders on a team. Compete at Invitationals, Regional, and if qualify State & National levels.

Science Olympiad team (School team): 15 members compete in the Science Olympiad competition.

Event team (Event partners): Usually 2 students prepare for and compete in the same event together.

School SO Coach: The adult in charge of the SO team. They register the team, set the team (who is on the team), & assign the events.

Event Coach: The adult (usually a parent) in charge of the event team; guides the students in preparing for the event, Google and YouTube searches, library trips, and any other preparation needed.

Event Supervisor: The person in charge of running an event at the competition.

Time slot: The assigned times the event will be held. Events will be run in two or more time slots.

General Tips

1. Read the Rules!

2. Pay attention to what you are & are not allowed to bring into the event.

3. If the Rules include a list of items - Learn the list.

a. If Binders or cheat sheets are allowed, included an entry for every item on the list.

4. and Google are very helpful.

5. Practice! Practice! Practice!

a. Test Events: Use old tests, make new ones

b. Build Events: Practice timed presentations of all builds

Tips for Event Supervisors

1. Read the Rules!

2. When making a test, equally cover all topics listed in the Rules. Don't just focus on one section.

3. Timing: How long to make your test

a. Tests should take students about 40 minutes. This allows time for explanations.

b. Station Tests should take students about 35-40 minutes. This allows time for explanations and moving through stations.

4. The number of stations in a station test should be equal to or greater than the number of teams in the time slot.