Over 200 middle school and high school students representing schools throughout the state of South Dakota will be competing, including a team from Vermillion High School.
During the day-long event there will also be open house activities, which consist of demonstrations by members of USD's Physics Club and information tables run by members of USD's various science clubs. The teams participating also include those from Brookings High School, Gayville-Volin Middle and High School, Lennox Middle and High School, Mickelson Middle School, Brookings, Mitchell Middle and High School, Sacred Heart Middle School, Yankton, Spearfish Middle and High School, Timber Lake Middle School, Vermillion Middle and High School, Watertown High School, and Yankton Middle and High School.
The events are determined at the National level. For the state tournament, faculty, staff and students from USD organize and judge these events.
Science Olympiad is an international non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events, which students prepare for during the year.
The competitions follow the format of popular board games, TV shows and athletic games. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills and science applications.