Science Olympiad News

  • Science Olympiad Workshop registration now open! For more information see Workshop Descriptions or Register Now!
  • View the coverage of the 2014 Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad from the Watson College of Education's Publication, Watson Chronicle! See also,, and WWAY!
  • Thank You to all participants, event leaders, and everyone else who made the 2014 Regional Science Olympiad possible! See you March 7th, 2015! View the 2014 Regional Science Olympiad results.

Contact Info

Dennis Kubasko
Wilmington Regional Co-director

Kim Bierstedt
Wilmington Regional Co-director

North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO)


"North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to attract and retain the pool of K-12 students entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers in North Carolina (2012-2013 Annual Report, 2013, p.3)."

The NCSO accomplishes its mission through professional development workshops, summer institutes, after school programs, summer camps and intramural, regional, and state tournaments that are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions consisting of a series of both individual and team events that are well-balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth-science, chemistry, physics, and technology.

The NCSO is dedicated to:

  • Ensuring all students have an equal opportunity to high quality science and technology education regardless of their ethnicity, household income, or geographic location.
  • Motivating students to expand their knowledge and competence in science and technology 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.

"Students don’t just memorize content knowledge, they participate in events that are meant to challenge their ability to solve problems and come up with answers to science-related challenges.
"Th-In-K" NCSO Team T-shirt
Some students prepare all year for their events and the atmosphere is electrifying. It is amazing to see our future generation of students excited about learning, engaged in science and collaborating together as a team.”

-Dennis Kubasko, Wilmington Regional Director and Director of UNCW’s CESTEM

Above Image: "2013: One of Many Clever Science Olympiad Team T-Shirts"

NCSO Statistics

The North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) reached record participation this past year with 14,373 participants, seeing immense growth in the number of participants, especially Elementary students, over the past 4 years. Currently, 584 schools representing 845 teams and 70 counties in North Carolina are registered for participation in the NCSO.

With volunteer numbers in the thousands, NCSO encourages reaching middle and high school students for science from many aspects of the community. The challenging and motivating events of the NCSO align with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study as well as the National Science Education Standards. The events are designed to enhance and strengthen both science content and process skills. Over the past year, the "Duct Tape Challenge" and "Write it, Do it" events both saw an over 90% participation rate within the B Division. In addition, in the C division, "Anatomy & Physiology" as well as " Mystery Architecture" saw an over 90% participation rate.

The National Science Education Standards hailed the Science Olympiad as an example that “illustrates the close relationship between teaching and assessment. The assessment tasks are developmentally appropriate for young children, including recognition of students’ physical skills and cognitive abilities” (NRC, 1996, p.39).

All information on page from NCSO Website.

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