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Science Olympiad a 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. Indiana Science Olympiad is a State level organization which operates independently of Science Olympiad. Because of the history and nature of Science Olympiad, the function of the two entities, Science Olympiad and Indiana Science Olympiad, is interdependent.
America's Most Exciting Team Science Competition
For the past 27 years, Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premiere science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 6,000 teams in 49 states. Science Olympiad's ever-changing lineup of events in all STEM disciplines provides a variety of career choices and exposure to practicing scientists and mentors. Recognized as a model program by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Science Olympiad is committed to increasing global competitiveness for the next generation of scientists.
National Science Education Standards
All Science Olympiad events are aligned with current National Science Standards set by the National Research Council. Teachers seeking curriculum resources that illustrate standards in action have found success with Science Olympiad because it emphasizes the close relationship between teaching and assessment. Science Olympiad highlights many of the elements of Teaching Standards, Assessment Standards, Program Standards, and Science Education System Standards.
The Benefits of Joining Indiana Science Olympiad
1) Receive your own copy of the Science Olympiad Rules Manual (annually-updated description of events and parameters of competition). Whether you compete in Science Olympiad tournaments or not, use the rules manual to teach science ~ many schools have Science Olympiad classes. With annual changes, you'll have a great resource for students to learn and to love science.
2) Membership grants you admission to Indiana Science Olympiad regional and invitational tournaments. Top teams from each regional tournament advance to the state tournament. Top teams from the state tournament advance to the national tournament.
3) Most importantly, you'll be enriching the education of students in Indiana, and opening young minds to the exciting world of science!