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Science Olympiad

District 39 Educational Foundation
National Science Olympiad program

The National Science Olympiad program is one of the premiere science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to 6400 teams in 50 states. By offering multiple ways to be involved, the D39 Science Olympiad program sets itself apart from traditional programs. Students who are looking for a competitive experience can join one of our Varsity or Junior Varsity teams. Those students who are looking for a fun, non-competitive way to explore Science Olympiad topics can enroll in one of our many enrichment courses. Either way, our program engages a wider audience of students, exposing them to STEM disciplines, careers and practicing scientists.

Non-Competitive Olympiad Program

The D39 Educational Foundation has put together an offering of science enrichment courses as an alternative to the more traditional, more rigorous competitive program found in most school districts. While based on the National Science Olympiad’s events, the Non-Competitive Olympiad program is designed for students seeking a low-key and fun science enrichment experience. We offer a wide range of programs from all STEM disciplines, each taught by an expert volunteer from our community or a member of the D39 faculty.

Competitive Olympiad Program

The D39 Foundation also sponsors competitive Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. Led by Alison Eakely (HMS), the teams compete at invitational and regional competitions around the metro Chicago area. Our inaugural season was amazingly successful, with our teams taking home more than 25 medals, including a Gold Medal in Anatomy at the state tournament in Champaign. The success continued in our second year competing with many medals and top-placing teams across a variety of events. Teams are made up of 15 students who work in pairs to cover the 23 Science Olympiad events. To learn more about the D39 Competitive Olympiad Program, please visit our Competition Info page.

Important 2015-16 D39 Olympiad Program Information

  • Varsity Team Application is due September 18, 2015. Once the number of applicants is known, you will receive additional information about the selection process. Click here for Varsity application.
  • Ms. Eakley (HMS) will coach the JV and V teams.
  • Registration begins October 14, 2015 and ends Oct. 21, 2015
  • No refunds will be given after October 30, 2015.
  • Regular courses run from December 1, 2015 – February 5, 2016.  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 –  TBD
  • Courses taught by experts in each area of science
  • Pricing: Courses are $100 each. Courses that run 1 1/2 hours are $125. JV Team has an additional $95 fee to the 2 required course fees (total $295). Varsity team costs $330.
  • 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.

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

To inquire about financial assistance for the Science Olympiad program, please email the D39 Foundation at olympiadregistration@d39foundation.org.

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