Army ROTC and Science Olympiad Join Forces

Science Olympiad is thrilled to welcome its founding sponsor, Army ROTC, back into the fold! From 1985 to 1989, Army ROTC helped Science Olympiad become a national organization. Now, we've come together to support students who are interested in STEM careers through officer training. 

In 2013, Army ROTC performed outreach at 18 Science Olympiad State Tournaments on college campuses, assisting with structural engineering events and presenting STEM career information at ROTC tables. To learn more about options for your future, visit GoArmy.com! States sites included:

  • Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Dakota, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Arizona

Army ROTC performed outreach at more than 25 Science Olympiad State Tournaments on college campuses across the US in 2012. States sites included:

  • Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, N-California, S-California, Washington, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska, New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Florida

In spring of 2011, Army ROTC visited 13 midwestern State Science Olympiad Tournaments and arrived at the 2011 National Tournament at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, bringing state-of-the-art exhibits for the Friday expo at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and awarding $1,000 scholarships for the gold medal winners of the Division C Towers event. Many participants have filled out Alumni Surveys and told us that Science Olympiad inspired their Army career; please let us know if you have a story to share! For inspiration, see Army Strong Stories. On May 6, 2011, Dr. Gerard Putz, (Lt. Col. US Army, retired), gave a talk entitled "Developing Future STEM Leaders: Science Olympiad & Army ROTC" at the STEM Symposium in Indianapolis, IN, sponsored by the 7th Brigade and in conjunction with the Emerging Tech Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. See his Army Strong Story here.

Send in your Army Strong STEM Story like this one from former Science Olympiad participant Army Lt. Col. Chris Gellasch, who said: "My experience in Science Olympiad helped me to decide on majoring in geology in college." At the University of Wisconsin, Lt. Col. Gellasch researched the use of hydrogeology in support of military operations. Share your stories with us in our Alumni Survey.