Science Olympiad News

  • 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!
  • See the NCSO 2012-2013 Annual Report Featuring the Wilmington Regional Tournament!

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) 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.

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