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New York State Science Olympiad Competition

The State Education Department, in cooperation with the National Science Olympiad external link and the New York State Science Olympiad external link, invites your students to participate in a Statewide Science Olympiad competition. Teams of students from public and nonpublic middle schools, junior high schools, and high schools are eligible for participation in this event.  This New York State Science Olympiad will consist of academic, interscholastic competitions between teams. Registered teams would prepare during the year for scheduled regional, state and possible national competitions. Some events will follow the formats of popular board games, Olympic Games, and TV shows. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced among the various science disciplines of biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science content, concepts, processes, skills and applications. Competitive teams will be made up of students from grades 6-9 and from grades 9-12.

The tournaments are overseen by the National Science Olympiad, a national nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education to students and teachers. The National Science Olympiad accomplishes their goals through classroom activities, research, training workshops and these intramural, district, regional, state and national tournaments.

The Council of State Science Supervisors (CS3), The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the National Science Educators Leadership Association (NSELA) endorse this competition. It should not be confused with other competitions, which bear similar titles.

More information is available at New York State Science Olympiad external link . All questions regarding the Science Olympiad registration should be directed to: Harold Miller (914) 328-4709. General questions on participation should be directed to Anthony Jaacks, Associate in Science Education, New York State Education Department at ajaacks@mail.nysed.gov.

Division C Regional, Grades 9-12

Divison C teams may participate in all the regional events or chose a fewer number. The events are described in the Coach’s Manual, which is forwarded to the schools upon registration. A maximum of seven 12th graders is permitted on a team. For secondary schools containing grades 7-12, the principal may choose which division ninth grade students will participate in, but a ninth grade student may not participate in both divisions.

Division B Regional, Grades 6-9

Divison B teams may participate in all the regional events or chose a fewer number. The events are described in the Coach’s Manual, which is forwarded to the schools upon registration. For secondary schools containing grades 7-12, the principal may choose which division ninth grade students will participate in, but ninth grade students may not participate in both divisions.. The events are described in the Coach’s Manual, which is obtained when a school registers. A maximum of five 9th graders is permitted on a team. Middle schools may invite five of their last year’s 8th grade students to be part of the team.

Last Updated: August 27, 2010