ECU North Carolina Science Olympiad
What is Science Olympiad?
Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing male, female and minority 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 and non-competitive events, incorporating Science Olympiad into classroom curriculum and attending teacher training institutes.
Vision: Our vision is to increase K-12 student and teacher participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Mission: Our mission is to host exciting competitive tournaments and professional development workshops that showcase innovative STEM content to students and teachers throughout the United States.
Science Olympiad is committed to:
- Developing hands-on, standards-aligned STEM content with industry and education partners
- Providing volunteers and mentors a platform to share subject-matter expertise in relevant STEM topic areas
- Creating opportunities for student teamwork, problem solving and collaboration
- Recognizing outstanding achievement by students and teachers
- Encouraging male, female and minority students to enroll in STEM courses
- Building a strong STEM workforce
Greenville Regional Tournament Information
Listed below are dates, times, and links for the teams and spectators.
North Carolina Science Olympiad Website: https://ncscienceolympiad.ncsu.edu
Greenville Tournament link on NCSO: https://ncscienceolympiad.ncsu.edu/tournaments/middle-high-2/ (Please scroll down and click on Greenville for updates and announcements)
Registration information and link: Registration begins on September 1, 2022 https://ncscienceolympiad.ncsu.edu/tournament-registration/
Coaches Clinic will be held in Raleigh, NC on October 7-8, 2022: https://ncscienceolympiad.ncsu.edu/coaches-clinic-information/
State NCSO Tournament: April 21 and 22, 2023 at NCSU
Volunteers needed: If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please email Ann McClung at firstname.lastname@example.org. A signup form will be coming soon for those that want to volunteer or be an event leader.
Greenville Regional Tournament History
Over the years, the Science Olympiad has grown throughout the state of North Carolina. In order for travel to be most convenient for as many schools as possible we have divided the 100 counties in North Carolina into numerous Regional Sites. Each of these Regions has its own Director(s), and each Region holds a separate tournament.
Over 1,000 middle school and high school students from Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, and Northampton counties compete in the annual Greenville ECU Regional Science Olympiad on the campus of East Carolina University. Over 50 middle and high school teams will compete in 46 activities that will test their skills and knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The fun activities range from launching bottle rockets and building helicopter or planes to examining a “crime scene” and identifying rocks and minerals. The ECU Greenville Science Olympiad will be hosted by the Center for STEM Education at East Carolina University.
ECU faculty and students along with community volunteers have designed events that will produce scores that will determine multiple medal winners with trophies awarded to the top middle and high schools in each division. Top finishers will qualify to compete at the State Tournament held in Raleigh at N.C. State University. The top teams at the state tournament will represent the state of North Carolina at the National Science Olympiad Tournament.
NCSO activities are funded in part by BASF, Time Warner Cable’s Connect-a-Million-Minds initiative and SAS Institute, Inc. The Greenville Regional event is facilitated with the help of volunteers from WNCT – TV, NC BioNetwork, Pitt County Schools, ECU’s Brody School of Medicine, ECU’s Department of Chemistry, ECU’s Department of Geology, ECU’s College of Engineering and Technology ECU’s Department of Mathematics, Science, Instructional Technology Education, and ECU Department of Physics.