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Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing student interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers. These goals are achieved by participating in Science Olympiad tournaments, incorporating Science Olympiad into classroom curriculum and attending professional development workshops. Learn more about the National Science Olympiad Here.

Division: C Grades 9-12 (2020 Rules and Manual)

Dates - March 14, 2020
Location - University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
Hosts - The University of Vermont
Hashtag - #VTScienceOlympiad
Fee Per Team - $135

Vermont Science Olympiad

  • About the Science Olympiad

    For the past 36 years, Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 7,800 teams in 50 states. Science Olympiad’s ever-changing line-up of events in all Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices and energizes classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience.

    Science Olympiad events are held in every state in the country, with the intent of boosting students’ knowledge of and engagement with a wide range of science-related fields, including genetics, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering, and technology. The winner of each state level competition is offered the opportunity to compete at the national level, but the emphasis of the day-long event is on active participation and teamwork that brings students, teachers, university faculty, parents, and others together to create a community of science enthusiasts who work toward a shared goal.

    Fee per team: $135


    As you know, the Vermont Science Olympiad organizing team has been continuously monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its potential impacts on the Vermont community. In light of recent developments and in the interest of the health and safety of our community, the organizing team has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Vermont Science Olympiad tournament. The safety of our Vermont community is our number one priority.

    We understand that this decision comes at great disappointment to judges, coaches, and students who have dedicated time preparing for this event and were looking forward to competing on Saturday. We applaud all of the hard work and commitment of everyone in the Science Olympiad community and look forward to resuming planning for next year’s event.

    We ask that coaches please communicate this decision to their participating students as soon as possible. We will be in touch shortly to arrange for a refund of your entry fee.

    Please see also the following message from the National Science Olympiad, which has received notice of multiple cancellations in other states:

    Message from Science Olympiad:
    Science Olympiad respects the host entity's judgment and supports the decision to cancel the tournament. While we know there will be disappointment among students, coaches, supervisors and parents after all the hard work that has been put into their season, we need to put health and safety first. We encourage teams to prepare for next year; our state leaders will focus on planning events and generating excitement for the upcoming season. The idea of hosting virtual tournaments has come up; however, Science Olympiad’s Commercial General Liability insurance does not cover virtual tournaments. Due to the nature of coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions on social distancing and community spread, rescheduling is an unlikely option.

    Thanks again for your commitment to science and education. Please feel free to be in touch with any questions.

  • Timeline of Events

    Division: C Grades 9-12 (2020 Rules and Manual)

    Winter 2019:

    Teachers and students alike say Science Olympiad was one of the most inspirational and memorable experiences of their educational life. When you register a team and you’ll be qualified for competition all the way up to the National Tournament.

    Tournament season kicks into high gear before the holidays, with invitational and practice tournaments popping up all over the country. The state tournament will determine if your team advances to the national competition. The top 60 teams in Division B and Division C make it to Nationals!

    Spring 2020: Local Tournament
    The 2020 Science Olympiad State Tournament will be hosted by the University of Vermont, where you’ll join many like-minded STEM enthusiasts.

  • Events

    Division: C Grades 9-12 (for event details, please reference the Science Olympiad's 2020 Rules and Manual)

    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Astronomy
    • Chemistry Lab
    • Circuit Lab
    • Codebusters
    • Detector Building
    • Disease Detectives
    • Dynamic Planet
    • Experimental Design
    • Fossils
    • Geologic Mapping
    • Gravity Vehicle
    • Machines
    • Ornithology
    • Ping Pong Parachute
    • Sounds of Music
    • Water Quality
    • Wright Stuff
    • Write It Do It

  • Schedule
    Coming Soon!
  • Organizing Committee
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    Vermont Science Olympiad - Lead Organizer
    Katharine G. Shepherd Ed.D
    Associate Dean - Green & Gold P
    Contact Email:

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    Vermont Science Olympiad - Advisor
    Leon Walls
    Associate Professor, College of Education and Social Services
    The University of Vermont

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    Vermont Science Olympiad - Advisor
    Juniper Lovato
    Director of Outreach for Complex Systems, UVM Complex Systems Center; Program Director, MassMutual Center of Excellence in Complex Systems and Data Science, University of Vermont

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    Vermont Science Olympiad - Advisor
    Rory Waterman
    Professor and Associate Dean — Inorganic, Organometallic, and Catalysis, Department of Chemistry

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  • Contact

    For any additional information, please contact:

    Katharine G. Shepherd Ed.D | Associate Dean - Green & Gold Professor
    College of Education & Social Services | University of Vermont

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