February 24, 2018

New Mexico Tech Campus

Socorro, NM

Congratulations to all 2018 Science Olympiad teams.

Top Five High School Teams – Division C

1 - Albuquerque Area Home Schoolers – Albuquerque, NM
2 - Albuquerque Academy– Albuquerque, NM
3 - La Cueva High SChool – Albuquerque, NM
4 - Lovington High School – Lovington, NM
5 - Socorro High School – Socorro, NM

Spirit Award C - Cottonwood Classical Prep School – Albuquerque, NM

Coach of the Year C- Margret Bradney - Cottonwood Classical Prep Schools – Albuquerque, NM

Top Five Middle School Teams – Division B

1 - Albuquerque Area Home Schoolers– Albuquerque, NM
2 - Houston Middle School – Hobbs, NM
3 - Seirra Middle School – Las Cruces, NM
4 - Wilson Middle School – Albuquerque, NM
5 - Cottonwood Classic Prep School – Albuquerque, NM

Spirit Award B - Wilson School – Albuquerque, NM

Coach of the Year B- Donald Linkskens, Kirtland Middle School – Kirtland, NM


NMAA Awards C

1 - Albuquerque Academy, Albuquerque, NM
2 - La Cueva High School – Albuquerque, NM
3 - Lovington High School – Lovington, NM


Final results:

Division B Final Event Results

Division B Final Ranking by School

Division C Final Event Results

Division C Final Ranking by School



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What Is Science Olympiad


Regional tournament

State tournament

Teams and divisions Registration Future state tournaments regional  information
Welcome to the New Mexico Science Olympiad site. Each year we strive to increase the quality of K-12 science education by providing learning opportunities and hosting regional and  state tournaments. We're looking forward to another great year of helping to improve science education throughout New Mexico.


What is Science Olympiad?

The Science Olympiad is a national, non-profit, tax exempt organization, devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition of outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are achieved by participation in Science Olympiad tournaments, incorporating Science Olympiad into classroom curriculum and attending teacher training institutes.  

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. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal.  

What are the Benefits of Science Olympiad?

A three year Georgia State University study of the impact of Science Olympiad on middle and high school students confirmed significant benefits in the following areas:


Increased in-depth knowledge and understanding of science concepts and general knowledge

  • An increase in ability to apply scientific knowledge

  • Greater breadth of knowledge in areas previously unexplored

  • Exhibit significantly enhanced laboratory skills

  • Experience science as real scientists would

  • Use and apply the scientific method with meaning

  • Begin to see the interrelatedness of the sciences.

   Improved problem-solving skills

  • Application of problem solving skills as a long term endeavor

  • Education in the importance of trial and error

  • Emphasis on experiences rather than memorization.

   Hands-on training in:

  • Collaborative and/or creative thinking

  • Applying critical thinking skills to real-time situations

  • Constant experimentation to solve problems at hand

  • Creative application of new ideas

  • Time management and teamwork.

   Who can participate in Science Olympiad?

  • Any private or public school, charter school or home school in grades 6-12 is eligible to participate.  

  • Middle School students (grades 6-9) compete in Division B.

  • High School students (grades 9 to 12) compete in Division C.  

  • A team may consists of as many as 15 members.  

  • There is a maximum of five 9th grade students (Division B) and seven 12th grade students (Division C)  permitted on a team.  

Regional Tournament:

  • Participation in a Regional Tournament is required for a team to qualify to compete in the New Mexico State Finals.

  • Qualifying teams (25 per division) will advance to State, with the top State winners in each division advancing to Nationals. 

  • Team coaches are responsible for contacting their regional director as soon as possible for information regarding the regional tournament.  

  • New Mexico Science Olympiad State Final Tournament restricts participation to one team per school.  Some regional tournaments allow more than one team per school to participate.  There is an additional $90 fee for schools who enter two teams at their regional tournament. 

State Final Tournament

The New Mexico Science Olympiad is the state-level tournament for competition of all qualifying teams at the regional level.  New Mexico Science Olympiad winners in both B & C divisions advance to the National Science Olympiad.  New Mexico Science Olympiad winners, in both B and C divisions, advance to the National Science Olympiad.

The State Tournament will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at  New Mexico Tech, Socorro, New Mexico.

Teams and Divisions: 

  • There are two New Mexico Science Olympiad divisions: 

    • Division B-students grades 6 to 9 

    • Division C-grades 9 to 12.  

  • A team may consists of as many as 15 members.  

  • There is a maximum of five 9th grade students (Division B) and seven 12th grade students (Division C)  permitted on a team.  


  • To register a team in the New Mexico Science Olympiad, you must complete a registration form.  Deadline for registering a team is December 15.

  • There is a non-refundable registration fee of $140 per team.  Please use only one name for the coach/contact person as only one person will receive mailing and be listed as the team's coach. 

  • The registration fee entitles the member school to enter a team of up to 15 students in their respective Regional Science Olympiad tournament and one copy of the Coaches Manual. 

  • There is an additional fee of $90 for schools who wish to enter two teams at their regional tournament.

  • Pre-payment is required.  School purchase orders may accompany the membership application, but the coaches manuals will not be shipped until full payment is received. 

  • Registrations and payments not received by December 15,  will be assessed a $30 late payment fee. 

  • Coach Manuals/Rules will be avaliable after September 5, 2018 online from

Future Olympiads:

Science Olympiad 2017 State Tournament - Saturday, February 25

Science Olympiad 2018 State Tournament - Saturday, February 24

Science Olympiad 2019 State Tournament - Saturday, February 23

Science Olympiad 2020 State Tournament - Saturday, February 22