Upon acceptance to TVHSOT, your student will be assigned to either division B (6-9) or division C (9-12) based on several team factors. Each team consists of up to 15 members that are each assigned to a minimum of 3 events, along with a partner for each event.
All disciplines of science including physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, and engineering are covered by 23 individual events. Events consist of study, lab, and building topics, or sometimes a combination of these. Beginning in the fall, students prepare for their events by studying independently, meeting with partners for study or building sessions, practicing labs, or whatever else the event requires to prepare for the state competition.
Parents should expect to spend some time weekly setting up study sessions and helping their students prepare for each event. The amount of time will depend on your knowledge of the event subject, student independence as well as other factors. Your student will have regular (~2/month) partner study sessions for each event, which you will need to coordinate with your event partners. Expect partner study time to increase (~3/month) in the spring as you near competition. Construction events might take many building sessions throughout the season.
While a great addition to your schooling, Science Olympiad is not designed to replace regular science classes. Your students will still need to follow a science curriculum, especially at the high school level. This will benefit them as they take on more difficult events in future years and will prepare them for college-level study after graduation. Many high school students use Science Olympiad as either an extracurricular activity or an additional science credit. Some parents take advantage of the flexibility of homeschooling and allow more study time in the spring as competition nears, while others stick with a standard schedule all year.
Probably not. At the beginning of the season, each event has one or two pages of rules put out by the Science Olympiad organization, explaining the event parameters. For some events, you may be able to find textbooks or event manuals which closely match these rules. Other events may require using all the resources at your disposal.
Our main communication is through email. To contact the team coaches: click here
Registration will open for the 2021-2022 season in August and will remain open until October 1st. Please contact us for more information on how to join. Non-refundable team fees are due by the October meeting if your student is approved onto the team. No events will be assigned to your student until team fees are paid.
Please consider your commitment seriously. Your student will become part of a team, and will be assigned events with other students. A team member leaving during the season affects multiple event partners as well as the team as a whole.
Your student(s) and you will get an amazing science education and team experience! Students participating in Science Olympiad develop exceptional problem solving, test taking, and construction skills. They also learn research techniques, test taking strategies, and teamwork. In most cases, you will find even younger students covering college-level information in their study area. We have seen bored and unmotivated students become invested in their subjects and work harder than they ever have before. We have also seen advanced, science-hungry students finally being challenged and finding camaraderie among like-minded peers. What can Science Olympiad do for your family? Join us and find out!
Feel free to contact the team coaches through email! You can click here to find their emails.