Science Olympiad's Mission: To improve the quality of k-12 science education for all students in the State of Hawai'i.
The Science Olympiad Vision to accomplish this mission is:
To create a passion for learning science by supporting elementary and secondary Science Olympiad tournaments at building, district, county and state levels with an emphasis on teamwork and a commitment to excellence.
To improve the quality of k-12 science education throughout Hawai'i to change the way science is perceived and the way it is taught (with an emphasis on problem solving skills and hands-on, minds-on constructivist learning practices).
To celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievement of both students and teachers in areas of science and technology by awarding certificates, medals and scholarships.
To promote partnerships among community, businesses, industry, government and education.
To improve and restructure the way science is taught and learned by conducting staff development and curriculum development workshops.
The specific purposes of the Science Olympiad Tournaments are:
To bring science to life, to show how science works, to emphasize problem solving aspects of science and the understanding of science concepts.
To develop teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students.
To make science education more exciting so more students will enroll in science courses and engage in other science activities like science reading, fairs, meetings and field trips.
To promote high levels of achievement and a commitment to excellence , to demonstrate that students in Hawai'i can perform at levels that surpasses expectations of even practicing scientists and engineers.
To attract more students particularly females and minorities to professional and technical careers in science, technology and science teaching.
This goal as accomplished through in-depth core curriculum training workshops and the distribution of curriculum materials to hundreds of teachers.