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:

  • Testing Events, Wednesday, March 10, 2021 (done at your school)
  • Build Events, Thursday, March 11, 2021 (held at DSU)

Registration Deadline:

  • Friday, February 15, 2021

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 21-23, 2021,  tentative dates for a virtual competition

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
    • If you have any problems with the online form, do not hesitate to call Corinne Brevik.
    • 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.
    • This year, the books containing the rules and event descriptions are being distributed electronically.  You can download them at any time for free from the national Science Olympiad website.  https://store.soinc.org/us/page/manuals
  • You must register your team with the North Dakota State Science Olympiad Coordinator.
  • You must pay your registration fee 
    • 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. Corinne Brevik
Department of Natural Sciences
Dickinson State University
Dickinson, ND 58601

701-483-2575 Office
701-483-0526 Fax

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

701-483-2398 Office

Competition Information

Written tests

Early on the week of March 8, a box will arrive at your school for each team registered to compete.  In this box will be a packet for each event which contains the test, any additional needed materials such as maps or diagrams, and a scantron answer sheet.  We will be operating under the honor system for this competition.  It is up to the coach, or a designated individual, to ensure the students start the test at the designated time (or as close to the time as possible), use only the materials allowed by the event rules, and then turn in the test after the official 50 minutes is up.  These answer sheets will then be returned to DSU for scoring.

Please note that none of the test events will include student-built devices this year.  For example, students will not need to build a salinometer for the Water Quality event.

B-division test times

C-division test times

Build events

Due to possible COVID restrictions, a limited number of build events will be offered this year.

B-division:  Boomilever, Mission Possible, Ping Pong Parachute

C-division:  Boomilever, Gravity Vehicle, Ping Pong Parachute

Schools will register for 30-minute timeslots in which to be on the DSU campus for testing purposes.  Only the coach and the specific students involved in the build events (2 students per event per team) are allowed to be on campus.  No spectators.  If a school has more than one team, all teams will share a timeslot. 

Upon arrive at DSU, only the coach and one pair of students per event will enter the DSU Student Center for testing.  If a school has more than one team, the remaining team members will stay on the bus.  After each pair has competed, they will return to the bus and, if more than one team is registered, the next pair of students can then enter the Student Center.  This will allow us to maintain safe social distancing for all involved.  Please note that masks will be required for all students and coaches while on campus.

Event scoring and awards ceremony

Answer sheets for the written tests must be returned to DSU no later than Friday, March 19.  If your team is competing in the build events, the answer sheets can be hand delivered to campus on Thursday, March 11.  Otherwise, they can be placed in the mail. 

A Zoom Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 25, from 2-3 pm MT.