A competitive team emphasizing Science and Engineering. Science Olympiad has 23 events ranging from the earth sciences, life sciences, physical sciences as well as construction and design. Each event has a tandem compete, except three events which have three students adding up to 49 slots per team. Those 49 slots are divided among a maximum of 15 students per team. Schools can have multiple teams. The high school team has a varsity competition team and two experience teams. Varsity requires high commitment and achievement. It is selected through a lengthy tryout process. The two Experience teams are designed for students to be engaged but also allow for more schedule flexibility for those in many activities/sports.
Each team score at a tournament involves adding the placement scores of each event together for an overall team score. So first place gets 1 point, 50th place gets 50 points. THe lowest scoring team wins. After the invitational season, the regional championship is elimination. Two high school teams advance to states. Two teams from states advance to Nationals.
Saline is currently estimated to be in the top 30 nationally. MIchigan is one of the most competitive states in the country and our two state representing teams typically end up top 10 at nationals. Saline was fifth in Michigan in 2019 just missing top two by two event scores. However, Saline defeated several state champions in invitationals last year and before.
August - May
Our middle school Science Olympiad team is dedicated to teaching and exploring science and engineering subjects and materials that are not generally taught in the classroom.
Season: September - March + practices during summer
Open to all 2nd-5th graders, even though the program is titled "Heritage." The Saline Heritage Science Olympiad is our representative team in the Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) and is open to all Saline elementary students in grades 2-5. The Science Olympiad and WESO are devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers.
December - May