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Welcome to the 2014-15
District 39
National Science Olympiad program!

For the past 29 years, the National Science Olympiad program has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premiere science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to 6,400 teams in 50 states. Science Olympiad’s ever-changing line-up of events in all STEM disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices, and energizes students with a dynamic content experience. The District 39 Educational Foundation is pleased to offer a local chapter of this experience for all 5th-8th grade students. Students may participate for fun or to compete on behalf of their school.

Regular Olympiad Program

The National Science Olympiad publishes official rules and goals for its 23 science courses each year. Each course is taught by a volunteer with special expertise and/or interest in the course subject matter. See the D39 Foundation website for leader bio information. http://www.d39foundation.org/making-impact/science-olympiad/leaders/. Each course is limited to 12 students, a few of the 12 slots will be prioritized for competition team members. The remaining slots are open to both competitive and regular Olympiad program members.

All D39 courses will operate with the curriculum goal of preparing students to understand each element prescribed by the pertinent course rules. Regular Olympiad students will take the same courses and prepare in a similar manner as students on the competitive team, however, V team members (and some JV team members) will have more extensive preparation requirements. In the last 1-2 weeks of class, all students may be given sample questions or tasks to “test” the knowledge they have gained from the course.

Competitive Olympiad Program

Please see link to the left.

Important 2014-15 D39 Olympiad Program Information

  • Varsity Team Application is due September 19, 2014. Once the number of applicants is known, you will receive additional information about the selection process. Click here for Varsity application.
  • Ms. Utynek (WJHS) and Ms. Eakley (HMS) will coach the JV and V teams.
  • Registration begins October 15, 2014 and ends Oct. 30, 2014,
  • Regular courses run from December 2, 2014 – February 2, 2015.  Competition team members may have additional practices and events throughout the year.
  • Up to 23 Science Olympiad course events are available to all interested 5th-8th grade D39 students.
  • Students may take courses for fun or as a member of the competition team.
  • JV Competition team members must take a minimum of 2 courses.
  • V Competition team members must prepare 3-4 courses and be willing to prepare independently.
  • V Comp Team Parent meeting for competition members on October 1, 2014 at 7 pm (location tbd)
  • Courses taught by experts in each area of science
  • Pricing: Courses are $100 each. JV Team has an additional $50 fee to the 2 required course fees (total $250). V team costs $310.
  • Students may register for courses at any campus so long as they are not in school during the time of the offered course.

For more information about the National Science Olympiad program, visit the national website.

To receive details about course offerings and registration information as it becomes available, please click here to join our mailing list.

If you would like to lead or co-lead a course, please click here.