Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.

Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and Science Olympiad encourages group learning by designing events that forge alliances. In Elevated Bridge, an engineering whiz and a kid from wood shop can become gold medalists. Similarly, a talented builder and a student with a good science vocabulary can excel in Write It Do It, one of Science Olympiad’s most popular events.

The SAIL Science Olympiad team competes in the Western Long Island Region. In 2019, our 1st full season, we fielded 1.5 teams and finished 6th at the Western Long Island Division B Regional Tournament winning medals in 18 events including 3 golds, 2 silvers, and a bronze medal and won the School Spirit Award. The team then finished the season with 17th place at the New York State Tournament winning medals in 6 events and won the Best New School Award.

The SAIL team will compete in Division B (6th to 9th grade) and Division C (9th to 12th grade) in 2020. With our team, Science Olympiad provides a great learning opportunity for homeschoolers to focus their science and engineering studies. If this sounds like fun and you’re a homeschooler living in Nassau or Queens and going into 6th to 12th grade in September 2019 interested in joining the team, contact us at hs@kidsneedenrichment.com.