Welcome back to MY SO! Returning for the 2021-2022 school year, MY SO is a program that complements Science Olympiad's traditional US tournament structure and is available to all middle and high school students who love STEM and want to stay engaged in learning - at home, at school, or after school. How does it work? Take advantage of free resources like Lesson Plans and STEM Session videos, or buy a ticket to a STEM Showdown and test your knowledge against a national audience for a Top 25 MY SO Medal! Like what you see? Join a team through your State Science Olympiad program. MY SO How-To
Free MY SO Resource Library
Lesson Plans & Curriculum
For each month of MY SO, a variety of different resources are produced. Linked below you will find the lesson plan, practice tests, notes powerpoint, and STEM Showdown rules for each month of MY SO. Download the resources today!
2021 - 2022 Resources
November 2021 - Astronomy
- Astronomy Lesson Plan
- NASA Solar System Trading Cards - Needed for Lesson Plan
- Solar System Notes Powerpoint 1
- Solar System Notes Powerpoint 2
- Solar System Notes Worksheets
- Astronomy Notes Powerpoint
- Astronomy Notes Powerpoint Transcript
- Astronomy Division B Practice Test
- Astronomy Division C Practice Test
- November STEM Showdown Topics
- Bonus Activity
October 2021 - Flight
- Flight Lesson Plan
- Flight Notes Powerpoint 1
- Flight Notes Powerpoint 2
- Flight Notes Powerpoint 3
- Flight Notes Powerpoint 4
- Flight Notes Worksheets
- Flight Division B Practice Test
- Flight Division C Practice Test
- October STEM Showdown Topics
- Bonus Activities
- Amelia Earhart
- Miracle at Kitty Hawk
- Newton's Laws of Motion
- National Free Flight Society Livingroom Flyer Postal Event (New 10/25/21) - MYSO students interested in learning more about flight and looking for an additional opportunity to compete should consider participating in this new fun competition between now and March 31, 2022. You can find all the details here.
September 2021 - Epidemiology
- Epidemiology Lesson Plan
- Epidemiology Notes Powerpoint 1
- Epidemiology Notes Powerpoint 2
- Epidemiology Notes Powerpoint 3
- Epidemiology Notes Powerpoint 4
- Epidemiology Notes Worksheets
- Epidemiology Division B Practice Test
- Epidemiology Division C Practice Test
- September STEM Showdown Topics
Learn about different educational and career pathways every month!
- November STEM Session on Astronomy with guest Connor Todd from the Space Telescope Science Institute
- October STEM Session on Flight with guest Ben Saks of INVENTABLES
- September STEM Session on Epidemiology with guest Kelly Cordeira of the CDC
2020 - 2021 Resources
- Engineering MY SO Resources - May 2021
- Plants MY SO Resources - April 2021
- Forensics MY SO Resources - March 2021
- Structures MY SO Resources - February 2021
- Anatomy & Physiology MY SO Resources - January 2021
- Weather MY SO Resources - December 2020
- Circuits MY SO Resources - November 2020
- Space MY SO Resources - October 2020
- Epidemiology MY SO Resources - September 2020
All of the 2020-2021 Lesson Plans are available for download as one PDF document for teachers & coaches here.
Test Registration - 2021-2022 STEM Showdowns
Buy a $10 Ticket to the Div. B (Grades 6-9) and/or Div. C (Grades 9-12) STEM Showdown - register separately for each monthly test to obtain your unique code by clicking the LINKS below! Up to 10 player tickets can be purchased per transaction. If looking to use a Purchase Order, you must purchase at least 20 tests - email [email protected] to initiate that process. The Science Olympiad STEM Showdown tests are open to residents of the United States and are intended for a general science audience age 13-18. Division B Showdowns start at 5:30PM Central Time and Division C Showdowns start at 6:30PM Central Time.
General Guidelines for Purchasing a Ticket: Rules of Play for the STEM Showdown
December 21, 2021 - Rocks & Minerals STEM Showdown
- Registration Closes 12/18/21 at 11:59PM Central Time
January 26, 2022 - Anatomy & Physiology STEM Showdown
- Registration Closes 1/23/22 at 11:59PM Central Time
February 23, 2022 - Forensics STEM Showdown
- Registration Closes 2/20/22 at 11:59PM Central Time
March 30, 2022 - Solar Power STEM Showdown
- Registration Closes 3/27/22 at 11:59PM Central Time
April 27, 2022 - Green Generation STEM Showdown
- Registration Closes 4/24/22 at 11:59PM Central Time
May 25, 2022 - Robots STEM Showdown
MY SO STEM Showdown Results
November Astronomy STEM Showdown
October Flight STEM Showdown
September Epidemiology STEM Showdown:
2020-2021 MY SO STEM Showdown Results: View Leaderboards!
2020-2021 STEM Sessions
- May STEM Session - Engineering session featuring Jenny Kopach, CEO of Science Olympiad, Tish Scolnik, CEO of GRIT Freedom Chair, and Shinjini Das, CEO and Founder, Das Media Group. Discussion Transcript.
- April STEM Session - Plants session featuring National Water Quality Event Supervisor Dr. Robyn Fischer, entomologist and educator at Corteva Agriscience Dr. Ronda Hamm, and UC Berkeley PhD student and Science Olympiad Alumni Task Force Co-Chair Colin Barber. Discussion Transcript.
- March STEM Session - Forensics session featuring National Rules Committee Chair Lin Wozniewski, Kate Doetsch, of Boeing, Sarah Liu, Indiana Science Olympiad alum and student in biotech engineering at Purdue University. Discussion Transcript.
- February STEM Session - Structures session showcasing Rules Committee Chair CeAnn Chalker, SkyCiv Engineering CEO Sam Carigliano and Science Olympiad & Cornell University alum Savvas Papadopoulos of Gilbane Building Company. Discussion Transcript.
- January STEM Session - Anatomy & Physiology session with Inquiry & Nature of Science Rules Committee Chair Dan Nichols, National Anatomy & Physiology Event Supervisor & first year medical student at VCU Ashwin Ghadiyaram; and pharmaceutical researcher at PDD Catherine Vrentas. Discussion Transcript.
- December STEM Session - Weather session with Kayla de Couto, Outreach and Communications Specialist at NOAA and Dr. Susannah Burrows of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory facilitated by Dr. John Loehr, Vice President of STEM Education at Science Olympiad. Discussion Transcript.
- November STEM Session - Circuits session featuring Alan Chalker, National Physics Rules Committee Chair and Director of the Ohio Supercomputer Center, Burt Dicht of IEEE, Gordon Lipscy of Delaware Science Olympiad and Julie Newman from NASA's JPL. Discussion Transcript.
- October STEM Session - Space session featuring Science Olympiad alums Tad Komacek & David Kanner of SpaceX, Science Olympiad's in-house NASA educator Donna Young with a welcome from Earth & Space Rules Committee Chair Dr. Dusty Schroeder. Discussion Transcript.
- September STEM Session - Epidemiology session featuring Science Olympiad alum and Disease Detective Emily Briskin (live from her work with Doctors Without Borders in Nigeria) and National Event Supervisor Dr. Ralph Cordell with a welcome from Bio Rules Committee Chair Karen Lancour. Discussion Transcript