What is Science Olympiad?
Science Olympiad is a team sport for STEM enthusiasts, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and practice throughout the year. Students work in teams to cross-train for a variety of events to compete with other students at the San Diego Regional Science Olympiad Competition!
The 2020-21 Season
The 2020-21 Science Olympiad season will be virtual. The four-month season begins Monday, Oct. 26, and ends on competition day, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021.
To accommodate social distancing, all Regional Tournaments and the Southern California State Tournament will follow the Mini Science Olympiad model where students compete from home.
To accommodate more students who will not be able to participate in their normal extracurricular activities, we have removed the limit on the number of teams per school that can participate at our tournament.
Science Olympiad is provided by a partnership between the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF), and local science and engineering partner, Viasat.
Contacts & Information
Volunteer With Us!
If you’d like to volunteer as a virtual Science Olympiad coach and are high school-aged or older, please email Karen Lopez. You can choose one (or more) of the 46 events that you’d like to coach. Meetings are weekly with students through virtual practice sessions. The season runs October through February. Practices are 1 to 1.5 hours every week per event.
Reasons to Participate!
High School, College, and Career-Ready
The Carlsbad Educational Foundation is honored to work with its local science and engineering partner, Viasat, and the Carlsbad Unified School District to provide middle and high school students the incredible opportunity to observe, experience and explore STEM careers. Student groups are mentored by adult science enthusiasts who are often professional scientist and/or engineers in the field.
Hands-On STEM Competition
Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering, and technology.
STEM Skills and Fun!
Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and Science Olympiad encourages group learning by designing events that forge alliances. Even if you don’t think you are a “science person,” you will learn that you have skills to contribute to the group’s success.
Why YOU should Join Science Olympiad
10. Great addition to your academic resume.
9. Improve your study skills.
8. Learn more about subjects that interest you.
7. A sense of accomplishment.
6. Build cool gadgets.
5. It’s like getting a second elective course.
4. Show California what VMS Vikings are made of.
3. Promotes teamwork and collaboration.
2. Make new friends.
1. It’s challenging and fun!!!