Science Olympiad News
- The 2014 Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad will be held on March 1st, 2014 at the University of North Carolina Wilmington! Stay tuned for more information!
- See the NCSO 2012-2013 Annual Report Featuring the Wilmington Regional Tournament!
- Thank You to all of the volunteers and participants of our 2013 Science Olymipad!
Wilmington Regional Co-director
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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.
The North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is third in the country in student participation. Currently, 528 schools and organizations representing over 11,000 students and 65 counties in North Carolina are participating in the NCSO. Between 2012 and 2013, NCSO had over 3,500 volunteers involved in reaching middle and high school students for science. 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. 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.