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.
To see a list of this year’s events, please visit the national website at www.soinc.org. Manuals, which contain further event details, will be mailed to teams as soon as their registrations are received.
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.
What is Science Olympiad?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 biology, earth science, chemistry, engineering, physics, and computers.
Events balance students’ knowledge of science facts, concepts, process skills, and science applications.
Science Olympiad HistoryPA 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.
PA schools have done well nationally, with 47 high schools and 18 middle schools ranking in the top ten since 1985. Pennsylvania has had three high school and two middle school groups as National Champions.
PA Science Olympiad History - High School - PDF
PA Science Olympiad History - Middle School - PDF