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 12, 2020
Location: Dickinson State University
Registration Deadline:  Friday, February 28, 2020
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 18, 2020
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
    • 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.
    • Visit the ND Science Olympiad website at http://www.ndsu.edu/olympiad/ and click on the “Coaches: Create your 2020 ND Science Olympiad account” link.

  • 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. 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 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Coaches will receive a packet containing schedules of events, maps, name tags, and 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.
  • Team members may camp out in the Student Center Ballroom when they are not competing.


Event Schedule

Chemistry Lab and Food Science – DSU will provide the glassware and lab equipment for all teams.  (Even if the rules say each team must bring their own, we will take care of it.)  We will also provide goggles and lab coats for these events as needed. 

Teams are responsible for eye protection and any equipment required for all other events.


The DSU cafeteria will be open all day for students and coaches to dine.  The cafeteria is located on the lower-level in the Student Center.  These are all-you-can-eat meals.  Breakfast (7am-11am) is $6.70, and lunch (11am-5pm) is $8.25. 

Please warn your students that the Cafeteria is 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 will start at approximately 4:40 p.m. 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 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2020.
Remember the key to winning the overall competition is to compete in every event!