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.
The Science Olympiad was created in 1983 by Dr. Gerard Putz and Jack
Cairns to increase interest in science as an alternative to
traditional science fairs. After successful tournaments were held in
Michigan and Delaware, the program began to attract interest from
school districts all around the country. Twenty years later, the
Olympiad has members in all 50 states and Canada, totaling more than
14,500 actively participating K-12 schools.
Science Olympiad competitions follow the format of classroom lab
tests, popular board games, TV shows, and athletic games. Everyone
can find a niche for his or her particular skill in Science Olympiad
as each event is designed to take advantage of the wide variety of
students' talents. Events are well balanced between the various
science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics,
computers and technology. There is also a balance between events
requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills
and science applications.
The New Mexico Science Olympiad began in 1986 and is hosted each
New Mexico Tech in Socorro,
NM. This academic interscholastic competition consists of over 32
individual and team events for which students prepare during the
school year. Science Olympiad focuses on three areas of science
education: science concepts/knowledge, science processes/thinking
skills, and science application/technology. The New Mexico Science
Olympiad involves over 3,000 students from all areas of New Mexico.