Science Olympiad Urban Schools Initiative
Chicago Public Schools and Science Olympiad are proud to enter the 14th year of the Urban Schools Initiative (USI) program for 2020-2021, with more than 35 middle and high schools represented. "After participating in Science Olympiad and winning two medals at the Regional Tournament, I decided I wanted to major in science," said a member of the Steinmetz High School Science Olympiad team. She went on to major in biology at Northeastern Illinois University! In 2014, Lane Tech High School Coach Scott Vessalo and his student, Robert Harris, were selected to represent Science Olympiad at the White House Science Fair hosted by President Obama.
See our Urban Schools Initiative page for more info about how you can reach out to local businesses to find Urban Schools Initiative grant funds in your area. States such as Hawaii, Pennsylvania, California, Maryland, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas and Indiana and Washington, DC have used the USI model to successfully expand their membership into new regions. Check our Workshops page for sessions at NSTA and State Science Olympiad Chapters.