2020 National Tournament
The Science Olympiad National Tournament is the pinnacle of achievement for 120 of the country's best Science Olympiad teams, representing more than 2,000 students. The 36th Annual Science Olympiad National Tournament will be hosted on May 15-16, 2020, by North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. On the NC State 2020 Science Olympiad National Tournament website, you'll find information about events like Disease Detectives, Dynamic Planet, Protein Modeling, Forensics, Boomilever and everything you need to plan your team trip to North Carolina, including event schedules, trial events, banquet and ceremony info. Document your journey to NC State using the Twitter handles and hashtags: #SO2020NCState @SOAlumniNetwork
Awards and Prizes
2020 National Tournament Prize List - Science Olympiad is grateful to our sponsors and partners, who support the achievement of our Science Olympiad competitors by awarding fantastic prizes, cash scholarships and student and professional development opportunities.
Lockheed Martin Spirit Awards - One Division B and one Division C team each year are honored with this $2,000 award bestowed upon the team that best exempifies good sportsmanship, team collaboration and school spirit. Event supervisors will privately nominate teams based on their participation in each event, so be at your best at all times! You never know who's watching when you do a good deed, congratulate another team, or help a fellow competitor.
Lockheed Martin Coaching Excellence Awards Nomination Form for 2020 National-Bound Coaches - One coach per team may fill out this form to win one of four (4) expenses-paid trips to the Science Olympiad Summer Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, July 13-17, 2020. Bring your completed form to Registration at the National Tournament, or fill out a copy available at Registration (one form per team in each Coaches Registration Box/Packet).
$2,000 SCHOLARSHIP! Audition to be "The Next ACE Hardware Science Star!" at the ACE Hardware Science booth Friday, May 15 from 10am to 2pm at the STEM Expo - Steve Jacobs of Mr. Wizard and Mythbusters fame will be on hand to virtually direct students through a short video audition using hardware props. Five winners will be chosen. The single Grand Prize Student Winner will receive a $2,000 college scholarship (held in escrow until college enrollment; then paid directly to the college). All five winners will receive $250 each for their Science Olympiad teams and a Bose SoundLink II Bluetooth remote speaker! Winners will be notified via email post-tournament through their Science Olympiad coach. Must be a varsity Div. B or Div. C Science Olympiad team member to participate. Registration forms available at the booth or pre-fill here.
National Tournament Info/Forms for Attending Teams
For Winning Teams Only: 2020 State Bid Acceptance Form
Printable National Tournament Congratulations Letter
Final Team Registration/Roster Form - Signatures required
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State Team Numbers
State Team Numbers for the 2020 Science Olympiad National Tournament - Please note: in each state besides California that sends two teams, the higher first placing team is awarded the lower team number (so for New York Div. C, 1st place gets C1, 2nd place gets C2). For California, which is split into two sections, the section with the higher membership gets the lower team number. These numbers are posted around April 1.
National Tournament Scoring Policy
At the end of the Science Olympiad National Tournament Awards Ceremony each team’s head coach will be provided one copy of the final scores. Within one hour after the ceremony is completed the head coach may submit compelling evidence of a scoring inconsistency using this Team Ranking Inquiry Form (will be a live link at the 2020 National Tournament). If the evidence is verified the appropriate points, medals and trophies will be awarded for that team only. Thinking that your team "did better" than scores reflect is not considered compelling evidence. Teams will not be asked to return awards or to relinquish any points. Scores for the Science Olympiad National Tournament are not official until they are posted on the soinc.org website. For more information about Science Olympiad Scoring, please visit our Policies section.
Frequently Asked Questions and Rules Clarifications
Note: The Science Olympiad FAQ and Rules Clarifications/Changes system will close at midnight roughly a week before the National Tournament, so be sure to submit your questions before that time.
Global Ambassador Team From Japan
In 2009, Board Members Dr. Gerard Putz and Jim Woodland traveled to Tokyo, Japan, to present Science Olympiad concepts to Japanese education officials from the Ministry of Education (MEXT) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) at "Science Agora." A partnership between Science Olympiad and JST was born, founded on a shared passion for making science competition fun and exciting for all students. In March 2019, JST hosted its 8th Annual Japan High School Science Championships (JHSSC), where the Grand Prize for Kaiyo Academy in the Aichi Prefecture was a trip to the 2019 Science Olympiad National Tournament at Cornell University. In 2015, the JHSSC added a Science Olympiad tradition to the contest, the ever-popular Swap Meet! As they did at the 2012-2019 National Tournaments, Japanese students will meet their American peers and participate as unranked guests in selected Science Olympiad events.