2023 National Tournament
The Science Olympiad National Tournament is the pinnacle of achievement for 120 of the country's best Science Olympiad teams and our Global Ambassador Team from Japan, representing more than 2,000 students. The 39th Annual Science Olympiad National Tournament will be hosted at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas on May 19-20, 2023. Keep checking back for the latest details about campus activities and tours, tournament schedules, the STEM Expo, Keynote Speakers, our Smart to be Good Fundraiser, Opening and Closing Ceremonies and more!
STEM Expo - Friday, May 19 - 8am to 3pm - various campus sites
Opening Ceremony - Friday, May 19 (Live Stream Info coming soon!)
Competition Day - Saturday, May 20 (see daily schedules below)
Awards Ceremony - Saturday, May 20 (Live Stream Info coming soon!)
National Tournament Info/Forms for Attending Teams
WSU 2023 National Tournament Page
Printable 2023 National Tournament Congratulations Letter
Official Science Olympiad National Tournament Merch (coming soon!)
2023 official Division B National Tournament Schedule
2023 official Division C National Tournament Schedule
State Team Numbers - Posted 3/27/23
Science Olympiad Smart to be Good Program - To shine a light on the power of charitable giving and service, Science Olympiad and Wichita State University are partnering with Generation STEAM, a local nonprofit serving youth in the greater Wichita area, to raise funds toward a special project. Science Olympiad teams, coaches, parents, officials, sponsors and volunteers will be invited to donate any amount. Let's show our Science Olympiad spirit to those who need a hand. It's Good to be Smart, and Smart to be Good! #3CS #SO2023WSU - See our press release for more information and a campaign giving goal. (Links to donate coming soon!)
National Tournament Scholarships, Awards & STEM Expo
2023 Science Olympiad $50K Founders' Scholarships - To honor the founders of the national Science Olympiad organization, Dr. Gerard and Sharon Putz and Jack Cairns, Science Olympiad will award five outstanding high school seniors with $10,000 college scholarships. Past winner info on our Scholarships page > 2023 application OPEN NOW! Open to any high school senior on a registered 2022-2023 season Div. C team in the US.
2023 Science Olympiad Awards and Prizes - 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 awards. Coming soon!
2023 Spirit Awards - The Science Olympiad Spirit Awards are among the highest honors given to teams and recognize students and coaches that have a positive attitude, exemplify teamwork, have respect for the rules and their fellow competitors, and exhibit sportsmanlike conduct. One (1) Division B team and one (1) Division C team attending the 2023 National Tournament each will be presented with $2,000 checks to be used toward furthering the school’s Science Olympiad program. Teams will be chosen by their work exhibiting the 3C’s of Science Olympiad during the academic year (Character and Citizenship in the Community) plus their on-site sportsmanship during the tournament. Teams, coaches and state directors are encouraged to tag their social media posts with the hashtag #SO2023WSU to be considered. Participating in the Smart To Be Good fundraiser is encouraged. Winners announced live during the Awards Ceremony on May 20, 2023!
2023 Coaching Excellence Award - The Coaching Excellence Award will be awarded to six (6) coaches, with two (2) winners receiving free registration for the in-person 2023 Science Olympiad Event Build Clinic in Illinois, and four (4) winners receiving free registration for the 2023 Virtual Event Bootcamp. The Event Build Clinic and the Virtual Event Bootcamp both allow coaches to get the most up-to-date information and in-depth explanations about the 46 Division B and Division C events for the 2024 season from Science Olympiad National Rules Committee Chairs and top National Event Supervisors and staff. Nominate a coach or nominate yourself to receive this award! Open to any faculty coach on a registered 2022-2023 season Div. B or C team in the US starting March 21, 2023. Nominate a coach today!
At the conclusion of the Science Olympiad National Tournament Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 20, 2023, on this page, we will distribute copies of the final scores for the tournament. A team's head coach has one hour from the end of the Awards Ceremony to submit compelling evidence of a scoring inconsistency using this Team Ranking Inquiry Form (this will be a live link the night of the 2023 National Tournament Awards Ceremony). 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 relinquish any points. Scores for the 2023 Science Olympiad National Tournament are not official until they are posted on the Science Olympiad website as Official Results. For more information about Scoring please see our Policies page.
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 April 2023, JST will host its 12th Annual Japan High School Science Championships (JHSSC), where the Grand Prize is a chance to participate in the 2023 Science Olympiad National Tournament at Wichita State. As they did at the 2012-2022 National Tournaments, Japanese students will join their American peers in activities, march in the Parade of States and participate as guests in selected Science Olympiad test, lab and build events. We look forward to welcoming the 2023 Global Ambassador Team from Japan to the 2023 Science Olympiad National Tournament!