Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization devoted to creating a passion for science, improving the quality of science education, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science. The interscholastic tournaments are held at the regional, state and national levels. The first National Science Olympiad tournament was held at Michigan State University in May 1985. Today, the culmination of nearly 300 regional and state tournaments is the Science Olympiad National Tournament.

In 2013, the Cincinnati Science Olympiad joined iSPACE, to ensure the long-term financial viability. Many volunteers from colleges and industries in the Cincinnati area gather each year to provide this opportunity for students, who will most likely become the science and technology leaders of tomorrow.

The Science Olympiad has been recognized as a model science and technology program by the National Research Council, and has been applauded by the past three Presidents of the United States and business leaders across North America for its innovation and its contribution to improving scientific and technological literacy.

Cincinnati Regional Science Olympiad Tournament Presented by iSPACE
Time: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Held at: Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

The event is free and open to the public; everyone is invited to watch as these budding scientists compete. Events will run throughout the day, beginning at 8:30am until 2:30pm. An award ceremony will follow at approximately 4pm.

The Science Olympiad has been recognized as a model science and technology program by the National Research Council, and has been applauded by the past three Presidents of the United States and business leaders across North America for its innovation and its contribution to improving scientific and technological literacy.

For more information, volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, contact Cincinnati Regional Tournament Director, Steve Schrantz.

2018 Cincinnati Regional Tournament Results
Division B
Division C

 

Ohio Science Olympiad Tournament
Saturday April 27, 2019
Held at : The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

 

2019 National Science Olympiad Tournament
May 31 - June 1, 2019
Held at: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

 

2019 Science Olympiad Events

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (B/C)

Understand the anatomy and physiology of the human body systems: cardiovascular, lymphatic and excretory.

ASTRONOMY (C)

Teams will demonstrate an understanding of stellar evolution in normal and starburst galaxies.

BATTERY BUGGY (B)

Teams will construct a vehicle that uses electrical energy as its sole means of propulsion, quickly travels a specified distance, and stops as close as possible to the Target Point.

BOOMILEVER (B/C)

Teams will design and build a Boomilever meeting requirements specified in the rules supporting a minimum load and to achieve the highest structural efficiency.

CHEMISTRY LAB (C)

Teams will complete one or more tasks and answer a series of questions involving the science processes of chemistry focused in the areas of Physical Properties and Acids and Bases.

CIRCUIT LAB (B/C)

Participants must complete tasks and answer questions about electricity and magnetism.

CODEBUSTERS (C)

Teams will cryptanalyze (decode) encrypted messages using cryptanalysis techniques and show skill with advanced ciphers by encrypting or decrypting a message.

CRIME BUSTERS (B)

Given a scenario, a collection of evidence, and possible suspects, students will perform a series of tests that along with other evidence will be used to solve a crime.

DENSITY LAB (B)

Participants compete in activities and answer questions about mass, density, number density, area density, concentration, pressure and buoyancy.

DESIGNER GENES (C)

Participants will solve problems and analyze data or diagrams using their knowledge of the basic principles of genetics, molecular genetics and biotechnology.

DISEASE DETECTIVES (B/C)

Participants will use investigative skills in the scientific study of disease, injury, health and disability in populations or groups of people.

DYNAMIC PLANET (B/C)

Students will use process skills to complete tasks related to glaciers, glaciation and long-term climate change.

ELASTIC LAUNCHED GLIDERS (B)

Prior to the tournament teams design, construct, and test elastic launched gliders to achieve the maximum time aloft.

EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN (B/C)

This event will determine a participant's ability to design, conduct and report the findings of an experiment conducted entirely on site.

FERMI QUESTIONS (C)

Teams provide answers to a series of Fermi Questions, which are science-related questions that seek fast, rough estimates of a quantity which is either difficult or impossible to measure directly.

FORENSICS (C)

Given a scenario and some possible suspects, participants will perform a series of tests which along with other evidence or test results will be used to solve a crime.

FOSSILS (B/C)

Teams demonstrate their knowledge of ancient life by completing selected tasks at a series of stations including but not limited to fossil identification, answering questions about classification, habitat, ecologic relationships, behaviors, environmental adaptations and the use of fossils to date and correlate rock units.

GAME ON (B)

This event will determine a team's ability to design and build an original computer game using the program Scratch incorporating the scientific theme provided to them by the supervisor.

GEOLOGIC MAPPING (C)

Teams will demonstrate understanding in the construction and use of topographic maps, geologic maps, and cross sections, and their use in forming interpretations regarding subsurface structures and geohazard risks.

HEREDITY (B)

Participants will solve problems and analyze data or diagrams using their knowledge of the basic principles of genetics.

HERPETOLOGY (B/C)

Participants will be assessed on their knowledge of amphibians and reptiles.

METEOROLOGY (B)

This event emphasizes understanding of basic meteorological principles with emphasis on analysis and interpretation of meteorological data, graphs, charts and images.

MISSION POSSIBLE (C)

Participants design, build, test and document a Rube Goldberg-like device that completes a required action through an optional series of specific actions.

MOUSETRAP VEHICLE (C)

Teams design, build and test a vehicle using one or two snap mousetraps as its sole means of propulsion to push a paper cup forward, reverse direction, and stop as close as possible to a target point.

MYSTERY ARCHITECTURE (B)

At the beginning of the event, teams will be given a bag of building materials and instructions for designing and building a device that can be tested.

POTIONS AND POISONS (B)

This event is about chemical properties and effects of specified toxic and therapeutic chemical substances, with a focus on household and environmental toxins or poisons.

PROTEIN MODELING (C)

Students will use computer visualization and online resources to construct physical models of the CRISPR Cas9 protein that is being engineered to edit plant and animal cell genomes, and answer a series of questions about the chemistry of protein folding and the interaction of structure and function for model proteins.

ROAD SCHOLAR (B)

Participants will answer interpretive questions that may use one or more state highway maps, USGS topographic maps, Internet-generated maps, a road atlas or satellite/aerial images.

ROLLER COASTER (B)

Prior to the competition, teams design, build, and test a roller coaster track to guide a ball or sphere that uses gravitational potential energy as its sole means of propulsion to travel as close as possible to a target time.

SOLAR SYSTEM (B)

Students will demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the geologic characteristics and evolution of the Earth's moon and other rocky bodies of the solar system.

SOUNDS OF MUSIC (C)

Teams must construct and tune one device prior to the tournament based on a 12-tone equal tempered scale and complete a written test on the physics of sound.

THERMODYNAMICS (B/C)

Teams must construct an insulated device prior to the tournament that is designed to retain heat and complete a written test on thermodynamic concepts.

WATER QUALITY (B/C)

Participants will be assessed on their understanding and evaluation of aquatic environments.

WRIGHT STUFF (C)

Prior to the competition teams design, construct and test free flight rubber-powered monoplanes to achieve maximum time aloft.

WRITE IT DO IT (B/C)

One student will write a description of an object and how to build it, and then the other student will attempt to construct the object from this description.

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