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Tennessee STEM Education Center

Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to increasing student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by providing recognition for outstanding team achievements in 23 STEM related events. 

Science Olympiad offers event opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school students that span biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, engineering, and inquiry. Groups of 15 students develop teamwork while problem-solving throughout the year in preparation for each event, then compete in one-day regional tournaments held at several locations throughout Tennessee.

MTSU Science Olympiad Regional Tournament

Division B & C
Saturday, February 17, 2024

Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO)

Saturday, April 27, 2024


Division B (Middle school) & Division C (High school) Competitions

In Division B and Division C, each of the events are categorized into 5 different categories; Life, Personal & Social Science, Earth & Space Science, Physical Science & Chemistry, Technology & Engineering, and Inquiry & Nature of Science. A complete list of these events and their descriptions can be referenced below.


Division B

1st – Merrol Hyde Magnet Middle School, Coach – Elizabeth Axley

2nd – Fred J. Page Middle School, Coach – Meredith Michell

3rd – Central Magnet Middle School, Coach – John Lee

4th – Rossview Middle School, Coach – Bridget Harding

5th – Smyrna Middle School, Coach – Becky Shaffer

Division C

1st – Ravenwood High School, Coach – Avrill Buerstetta

2nd – Father Ryan High School, Coach – Cornelia Crooke

3rd – Hume Fogg High School, Coach – Andy Mangrum

4th – Central Magnet High School, Coach – Joshua Burns

Division B & C Team Registration

Team registration closed on December 15th. Online registration is required. Each team has a maximum of 15 students. There is no minimum number of students per team. The maximum number of teams is two – prior to December 15, 2023.  Additional teams may be added on a space available basis beginning December 18, 2023.

Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO) Competitions, aka Division A

When K-6 students participate in the Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO) experience, they gain first-hand exposure to STEM disciplines, build confidence, and prepare for future, higher-level STEM competitions!

Events for ESO include:

A is for Anatomy


Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral

Barge Building


Crossword Science

Disease Detectives

Egg Drop

Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures


Extinction is Forever

Food for Thought and Food for Energy

How Do you Spell Science


Monster Match

Mystery Architecture

No Bones About It

Name the Scientist


Rubber Band Catapult

ESO (Division A) team registration is now OPEN!

Each coach must fill out the form below to register for the April 27, 2024 Middle TN Elementary Science Olympiad.
For any questions or concerns, please contact Kevin Ragland at

Team Fees
Teams are required to pay fees in order to participate in Invitational, Regional, State, or National tournaments.
$225 for returning teams + $175 for each additional team per division
$175 for new teams OR schools that have not competed in the last five years

Competition Tiers
2024 Rules


Regional competitions serve to reduce the amount of teams competing at the state level.


At the state competition, the top teams in each region in a given state compete with each other. The state competition decides the team(s) that advance to the National Tournament. 


The final contest in Science Olympiad is the best teams from across the country competing against each other. The competition is significantly harder than most state and regional competitions. Prizes and scholarships are awarded to the top scorers in each event. The National Tournament is typically held on a university campus, with teams either flying or driving in.

Tentative Timeline

  • September 11, 2023: Regional Registration Opens
  • December 15, 2023: Regional Registration Closes
  • February – March 2024: Regional Tournaments
  • April 2024: State Tournament
  • May 24-25, 2024: National Tournament

Contact Us


Tennessee STEM Education Center
820 Fairview Avenue
Fairview Building, Suite 102
MTSU Box #82
Murfreesboro, TN 37132