The Pennsylvania Science Olympiad (PASO) Board of Directors welcome you to our state site, part of National Science Olympiad Inc.
Science Olympiad increases the quality of K‑12 science education by providing learning opportunities and hosting regional and state tournaments.
The National Office has not yet distributed rules manuals to state offices. As soon as the manuals arrive, they will be mailed to all registered teams. In the meantime, the list of this year's events can be found on the national website (www.soinc.org).
Currently, more than 8,000 students and more than 800 teachers from 300 middle and high schools participate in PASO, along with more than 1,000 faculty, staff, and college student volunteers. The challenging and motivating events of PASO align with PA Science Standards, as well as the National Science Education Standards.
Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education.
These goals are accomplished through research, training workshops, and encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state, and national tournaments. Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events, which students prepare for during the year.
These challenging and motivational events are well balanced among the various science disciplines of:
Events balance students' knowledge of science facts, concepts, process skills, and science applications.
PA Science Olympiad has been in existence since 1985. Originally started by Dick and Mimi Smith and involving just 30 teams competing in one location, it has grown to include more than 300 teams competing in six regional locations across the state.
Forty-two PA C Division teams have ranked in the top 15 nationally since beginning national competition in 1985, and 25 PA B Division teams have ranked in the top 15 nationally.