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HSSO Tournaments

2012 Hawai‘i State Science Olympiad Tournaments and Dates

  • Hawai‘i Island Regional Tournament (January 11, 2013) @ UH-Hilo

  • Kauai Regional Tournament (January 21, 2013) @ Kauai Community College

  • Maui Regional Tournament (January 12, 2013) @ UH-Maui College

  • Leeward Regional Tournament (February 2, 2013) @ Leeward Community College

  • Windward Regional Tournament (January 19, 2013) @ Windward Community College

  • 9th Annual Statewide Tournament (March 2, 2013) @ Leeward Community College

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Currently, there are four Science Olympiad divisions: Division A1 (grades K-3); Division A2 (grades 3-6); Division B (grades 6-9); and Division C (grades 9-12). A maximum of five (5) 9th grade (on a Division B team) and seven (7) 12th grade (on a Division C team) students is permitted. Students on the team must be from the membership school; and a school is considered to be a separate school if it has a separate administrator. Recruiting from neighboring schools, districts, counties or states is not permitted.  (If you are a home-educated student, please email us at Because middle schools that do not have grades 8 or 9 are at a slight disadvantage, they may invite any combination of up to five (5) of their last year's 7th or 8th grade students to be part of the team.  For example:

  • A school with grades X-9 can only have 5 students from grade 9 (in their current enrollment)
  • A school with grades X-8 can only bring back 5 students from grade 9 (from the previous year's enrollment of 8th grade students)
  • A school with grades X-7 can only bring back 5 students from grade 8 or 9 (from the previous year's enrollment of 7th or 8th grade students)

Any given 8th or 9th grade student can compete at ONLY ONE division level (either B or C, not both).  There is no national tournament (nor national membership fee) for Division A elementary schools, but they can initiate local, school district or regional competitions. SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TEAM MEMBERSHIP Since 1985, Science Olympiad has required that all teams (up to 15 members) competing in any Science Olympiad tournament (Invitational, Regional, State or National) must be a member of Science Olympiad and pay the national fee (currently $60 or $4 per student).  

There is no exception to this requirement, regardless of what a single team or multiple team from the same school is called (Varsity, Junior Varsity, Alternate Team, Extra Team, Team Two, Team B, etc.).  If a school does permit multiple teams from the same school, Science Olympiad recommends that the best team or at least the best members from the school be permitted to advance to the next level of competition.  No school, region or state Science Olympiad organization is allowed to alter or amend these national membership requirements. Please see the Science Olympiad Copyright Statement outlining use of Science Olympiad Rules and procedures at sanctioned tournaments. Members are asked to pay only a small fraction of the approximately $290 annual cost to support each member. 

No part of the National membership fee has been used to pay for the Science Olympiad National Tournament or administrative office expenses, which are generously supplied by sponsors, contributions, host institutions, thousands of volunteers and other income.


  • Each team receives a Science Olympiad Rules Manual - developed by the six Rules Committees which meet, plan and write year-round; aligned to the National Education Science Standards
  • Each team receives eligibility to participate and advance in Local, Invitational, Regional, State and National Tournaments
  • Each team is provided access to resources on the national Science Olympiad web site, including Power Point presentations, sample tests, videos, surveys and the Frequently Asked Questions forum
  • Each team is provided the opportunity to win Scholarships (over $2,500,000 has been awarded to National winners)
  • Each sanctioned Science Olympiad tournament is granted access to the one million dollar Science Olympiad Chapter and Club Liability Policy
  • Each state receives first, second and third place medals and trophies from Science Olympiad
  • Each state organization receives training and materials throughout the year and at the annual three-day State Directors and Event Supervisors Meeting (room, board and materials courtesy of Science Olympiad)
  • Each state organization receives marketing materials such as brochures, grant templates, press articles, administrative materials and DVDs
  • Each state organization receives public relations, grant-writing assistance, director communication, national policy writing and sponsor reports
  • Each state organization and its members benefit from Science Olympiad National Partnerships and Sponsors, which provide workshop presenters, free equipment (such as probes and calculators), dedicated web sites, educational resources, DVDs, books, school visits, access to grant programs, free trips and awards, national publicity, in-kind support, event supervision and regional funding


Athletic-style medals will be given for each event. In addition, championship trophies will be awarded to the Division B and C school teams compiling the lowest number of total points during a Science Olympiad tournament (first place is awarded one point, second place is two points, and so on). A team may participate in one or all of the events within its division.