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The mission of Maryland Science Olympiad is to provide fun and challenging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competitions that build team skills and highlight the value that diversity brings to a team.

Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing student interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers. These goals are achieved by participating in Science Olympiad tournaments, incorporating Science Olympiad into classroom curriculum, and attending professional development workshops.

The Maryland Science Olympiad is a "hands-on" K-12 science program including rigorous academic interscholastic tournaments. Scientists and engineers from Maryland corporations, organizations, and universities collaborate with K-12 science teachers to oversee the 46 teamwork-oriented tournament events. 

Tournament events are well-balanced between life science; earth and space science; chemistry, physics; technology and engineering; and inquiry. Competitive opportunities include Invitational, Regional, and State tournaments.  Baltimore participates in the Science Olympiad Urban School Initiative supporting teams in the City of Baltimore.  The rest of the State is part of the Central Region.  Both tournaments send finalists to the Maryland Science Olympiad State Tournament hosted by the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering.  The top middle-school team and high-school team from the Maryland Science Olympiad State Tournament are invited to participate in the Science Olympiad National Tournament, which this year will be May 19-20, 2018 at Colorado State University. 

The Maryland Science Olympiad is managed by Maryland Science Olympiad, Inc., a 501c(3) nonprofit organization through its Board of Directors.

Primary Points of Contact

  • Executive Director: Marianne Kramer
  • State Director: Robert Bruce
  • Baltimore City Regional Director: Kate McGuire
  • Central Div B & C Regional Director: Leigh Ann DePope & TBD
  • State Tournament Director: John Lin
  • IT Director (all technical inquires): Naba Bora

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  • Teaching team skills and making science and technology fun.
  • Ensuring all students have an equal opportunity for high-quality STEM education regardless of their ethnicity, household income, or geographic location.
  • Motivating students to expand their knowledge and competence in STEM fields and increase their insight into the investigative process by enabling them to "do" science through hands-on and inquiry-based exploration.
  • Nurturing students' enthusiasm for science and technology.
  • Getting students interested in pursuing science and science-related careers.
  • Increasing community involvement in schools.
  • Providing recognition for outstanding achievement for both students and teachers.

Maryland Science Olympiad seeks to improve the quality of science and technology education in all Maryland schools - and enhance the workforce for Maryland industry. Maryland Science Olympiad provides a pathway for knowledge, understanding, vision, energy, and passion to flow from Maryland science and technology professionals and Maryland teachers to students. Maryland Science Olympiad, in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools, provides professional development workshops, summer institutes, after-school programs, and summer camps designed to prepare students and coaches to participate in tournaments. 

Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events, which are performed by a small group, usually two team members.. Each year, the selected subset of events is rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, astronomy, mechanical engineering and technology.

Each team of 15 will prepare throughout the school year to compete in Science Olympiad tournaments held on local, state and national levels. Unlike some science competitions, Science Olympiad requires that students DO science during the competition rather than just report about a science project.  By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on, group participation.

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Maryland Science Olympiad is affiliated with the National Science Olympiad organization. The challenging and motivating events of the Science Olympiad align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The events are designed to enhance and strengthen both science content and process skills.

The Science Olympiad was created in 1983 by Dr. Gerard J. Putz and Jack Cairns to increase interest in science and as an alternative to traditional science fairs and single-discipline tournaments. Now, Science Olympiad has members in all 50 states, totaling more than 12,000 actively participating K-12 schools and almost 200,000 students.

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