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Coaches and students from Teeland Middle School in Alaska attend the 2005 Science Olympiad National Tournament at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

If you feel the way we hope you do about teaching science - passionate, committed, excited - get involved with Science Olympiad today. There's nothing quite like seeing students take the knowledge you've given them and apply it to STEM subjects of their choice. You'll be glad to know that all Science Olympiad events are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards; perfect for a classroom strategy or hands-on activity. If you haven't checked Science Olympiad out at NSTA or a state science workshop, see Start A Team to discover more. Elementary school teachers will find a wealth of resources about both Fun Day and Fun Night events as well as competitive tournaments on the linked pages. 

If you're an experienced Science Olympiad coach, thank you! We hope that each year, the energy from your students re-charges your batteries and enriches your classroom experience. Consider looking in our Workshops section for professional development or search Division B or Division C events for great resources and tips for your team.  

Keys to Success - Coaching a Small/New Team Guide (PDF)

Beth from Alabama: "Science Olympiad helped determine what occupation I would choose.  I always loved science and knew I'd do something in that field.  I now teach 7th grade science and coach the Science Olympiad team -- I try to give students some of the same love I have for science!"

In May 2009, Lori Koss of Magnificat High School in Rocky River, Ohio, won the Heller Award, the highest honor for teachers from the Cleveland section of the American Chemical Society. Koss has taught at Magnificat for eight years. She uses trading cards as learning tools, an idea catching on in other Magnificat classes. She has coached the school's Science Olympiad team into the statewide tournament four straight years - awesome job, Lori!

Check out this story about a great Science Olympiad coach from Georgia, Mary Wilde, who led her Booth Middle School team to nine National Tournaments and countless state and regional victories in 20 years of coaching!