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The Science Olympiad Mission

To improve the quality of K-12 science education throughout the nation

The Science Olympiad Vision to accomplish this mission is:

  1. science olympiad exploring the world of scienceTo create a passion for learning science by supporting elementary and secondary Science Olympiad tournaments at building, district, county, state and national levels with an emphasis on teamwork and a commitment to excellence.

  2. To improve the quality of K-12 science education throughout the nation to change the way science is perceived and the way it is taught (with an emphasis on problem solving skills and hand-on, minds-on constructivist learning practices). This goal as accomplished through in-depth core curriculum training workshops and the distribution of curriculum materials to thousand of teachers.

  3. To celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievement of both students and teachers in the areas of science and technology by awarding thousand of certificates, medals and scholarships.

  4. To promote partnerships among community, businesses, industry, government and education. There are over 45,000 volunteers representing these groups at the Science Olympiad events.

  5. To improve and restructure the way science is taught and learned by conducting staff development and curriculum development workshops.

The specific purposes of the Science Olympiad Tournaments are:

  1. To bring science to life, to show how science works, to emphasize problem solving aspects of science and the understanding of science concepts.

  2. To develop teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students.

  3. To make science education more exciting so more students will enroll in science courses and engage in other science activities like science reading, fairs, meetings and field trips.

  4. To promote high levels of achievement and a commitment to excellence, to demonstrate that American students can perform at levels that surpass expectations of even practicing scientists and engineers.

  5. To attract more students particularly females and minorities to professional and technical careers in science, technology and science teaching.

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