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What is Science Olympiad?

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.