ESO: Elementary Science Olympiad
The Science Olympiad is a national nonprofit organization devoted to improving
the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science,
and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education
by both students and teachers. The Elementary Science Olympiad is also designed
to encourage classroom teachers to explore new and challenging ways of teaching
science. The Science Olympiad tournaments are academic interscholastic competitions
which consist of a series of individual and team events which students prepare
for during the year. Most Science Olympiad events are team competitions
which require teamwork, group planning and cooperation. The emphasis is
on learning, participation, interaction, and having fun.
The Science Olympiad was created in 1983 to expand interest in science
for students, and to serve as an alternative to the conventional science
fair and tournaments. The Olympiad consists of over 100 individual and
team events that require expertise in biology, earth science, chemistry,
physics, problem-solving, and technology. Division A is for grades K-6,
Division B is for grades 6-9, and Division C is for grades 9-12. Students
who participate in the Science Olympiad are taught advanced science through
active, hands-on participation. All events involve teamwork, group planning
and cooperation, and promote team spirit and good sportsmanship. There
are now over 12,000 schools from all 50 states, grades K-12, who actively
participate in the Olympiad. In the past sixteen years, the Science Olympiad
has increased student attendance at the tournaments, encouraged students
to be multi-year participants, and has increased enrollment in school
science courses in many areas.
For more information on the national Science Olympiad program at all levels,
please contact the national headquarters at
Science Olympiad, 2 Trans Am Plaza Drive, Suite 415,
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Phone: (630) 792-1251 / Fax: (630) 792-1287
Online at www.soinc.org
Complete, detailed event manuals, including competition information, are
The Elementary Science Olympiad at Jacksonville High School
Students Teaching Students
Jacksonville High School, a public school in Jacksonville, Alabama, is proud to present an annual
Elementary Science Olympiad which is organized by high school
students for its elementary school participants. Since its inception in
1993, the Olympiad at JHS has been directed by Science Club members
and other science students under the supervision of Science Club sponsors
Vicki Lamb (1993-1996), Andra Lyons (1997-2002), and David Kadle (2005-2017). Previous ESO at JHS
student coordinators include David Peters and Kevin Borders (1993-1995),
Brad Rohrer (1996), Jason Lord and Jennifer Molleur (1997), Anna Messer
(1998), Jessica Childs (1999-2000), and Chris Edmiston (2001-2003). Nearly
800 other students have assisted in the preparation of each Olympiad from
event design and direction to score tabulation. To our knowledge, the
ESO at JHS is the only Science Olympiad competition in the United States
which has successfully employed this educational technique. The proud
tradition of the student-run Elementary Science Olympiad at Jacksonville
High School is expected to continue to prosper in the future.
ESO at JHS General Information
The Elementary Science Olympiad at Jacksonville High School offers competition
in Division A-2 (grades 4-6). In 2017, 28 events from the various disciplines
will be offered for competition. Olympic-style medals are awarded to the
top four individuals in each event. In addition, team and coach trophies
are awarded to the top four schools based on a total compilation of points
during the Olympiad.
ESO at JHS Fast Facts
- The Elementary Science Olympiad at Jacksonville High School is a 8-hour
day-long competition beginning at about 9:00 am and ending around 4:30
- Teams consist of no more than 24 students from grades 4 through 6. There
is a limit of eight (8) sixth graders per team, but an unlimited number
(up to maximum of 24) of fourth and fifth graders. Schools may enter only
one team in the Olympiad.
- Events are 30 minutes to an hour long. All events will take place on
the grounds of Jacksonville High School and under the supervision of sponsors
and Elementary Science Olympiad staff members.
- Teams may enter as many or as few of the 28 events as they wish. For
each event, each team should enter the required number of participants.
Events are attended only by its student participants (i.e. no coaches
or parents). Due to the large number, many events will be occurring simultaneously.
- The Elementary Science Olympiad at Jacksonville High School is only
an area event. Winners do not advance to a regional or state competition.