Science Olympiad

Purpose of the Activity

  • The purpose of Science Olympiad is to improve the quality of science education, increase student interest in science, and create a technologically literate workforce while providing recognition for outstanding achievement by students. These goals will be achieved by participating in Science Olympiad tournaments.

Tryout Procedures

  • First Month of School: Students should use their D103 Google account to fill out the Science Olympiad Interest FormNote that this form will not be accepting responses until August 18th.  (The deadline to submit the form is August 26, 2022). Students who submitted the google interest form, as well as their parents, will be emailed with a pre-recorded Zoom introductory meeting on August 29, 2022. The pre-recorded meeting will address general information about tryouts and team expectations for the season.

    Team Try-Outs: Tryouts will consist of an in-person written exam and a take-home test. The take-home test can be picked up by Dr. Rexer's classroom #151. Students can choose to take the in-person test on either August 30 or August 31, 2022, from 3:30 pm until 4:45 pm. The PASS busses will be available for students to be transported home after the test (busses leave at 5:00 pm).  Students must submit the take-home test to Coach Rexer by the day they take the written test.

    Mandatory Team Meeting of Selected Students and Parents: Students will be notified if they made the team or not no later than September 7, 2022, via email. Students who are selected for the team will be expected to attend a mandatory meeting on September 13, 2022, at Daniel Wright to discuss events, expectations, and how competitions will be held this season. Parents are expected to attend the meeting with their students. We expect there will be a lot of questions, and we encourage students and/or parents to ask them!  Students who make the team will be required to pay a $100 activity fee by October 15, 2022 (via the RevTrack portal).

    • 2022-23 Science Olympiad Team Parents - if you were an event coach in previous seasons, we encourage you to do so again this year! Last year we had some new parent event coaches and they learned a great deal from our previous coaches. We would like to continue the tradition of excellence by having strong parental involvement. If you have not considered being a parent event coach, you will be given plenty of opportunities to ask questions about it at this meeting.
    • The Great Lakes Coaches Clinic will be held again this year on November 11th and 12th, 2022.  We encourage all volunteer parent event coaches to attend this helpful and informative opportunity.  The Clinic will be in a hybrid format this year!  Friday evening sessions will take place in a full virtual setting.  On Saturday, it will be offered in-person as well as a remote option at the same time.  This allows those who are unable to attend to log in and be part of the in-person presentation (see the screen, ask questions, and be virtually part of the room).   Saturday’s in-person clinic will be at Woodlawn Middle School in Long Grove, IL.  
      • Click here to register.   The clinic fills up quickly so please register as soon as possible (registration closes at midnight on November 4, 2022).  The district will reimburse the cost of the registration fee.

Number of Participants

  • Thirty students will be split between two teams for all regular season competitions.  Fifteen students will advance to State and National competitions.

Grade Level/s of Participants

  • Science Olympiad is open to sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.

Meeting Schedule and Location

    • Season: Year-round

Competition Schedule

  • As of this posting, competitions are being held in person. There is a possibility one or more competitions may be held virtually using a satellite format (Scilympiad). The team typically competes in five regular tournaments per season, plus regionals. State and nationals are considered "post-season" competitions. *The competition schedule has not been finalized and will be updated accordingly. Students who make the team are expected to be present at every tournament.  It is expected that arrangements will be made with any other obligations to accommodate the Science Olympiad competition schedule:

    • October 15, 2022, Team Trials @ Daniel Wright Junior High
    • November 12, 2022, Belleville Invite, Belleville, WI (Travel on your own, overnight)
    • December 3, 2022, Boyceville Invite, Boyceville, WI (Travel via Coach Busses/parent paid, overnight)
    • January 7, 2023, Westlake Invite, Westlake, OH (Travel via Coach Busses/parent paid, overnight)
    • January 21, 2023, Rockford Christian Invite, Rockford, IL (Travel on your own, no overnight)
    • February 4, 2023, Kildeer Invite, Long Grove, IL (Travel on your own, no overnight)
    • March 4, 2023, Regionals @ College of Lake County Grayslake, IL (Travel on your own)
    • April 2023, State @ University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, IL (Travel on your own, overnight)
    • May 19-23, 2023, Nationals @ Wichita State University, Wichita, OK (Travel by Air/parent paid; overnight)

Student Attendance Guidelines

  • Regular attendance at weekly event practices is expected. Students who commit to events must notify their event coach(es) if they cannot attend practice in advance. If participation in multiple events creates a conflict that prevents students from regular attendance at all events, the student may be asked to consider modifying their event participation so all practices can be attended regularly. Once event teams have been formed, the expectation is that students will attend weekly practices and be prepared to compete in at least four event teams for the duration of the season.

    Students will not be permitted to request paring down their events to less than four events, or to opt-out of competition. 

    On dates when the team leaves campus early for competitions, students must attend school for at least half of the school day. Parents/guardians will be required to contact the attendance office, and the student must be signed out prior to leaving for the competitions.

Specific Rules or Guidelines

  • The Daniel Wright Science Olympiad Team has a long-standing reputation for excellence. When students make the commitment to become a member of this team it is understood that they represent Daniel Wright Junior High School and District 103 not only during competition but during the duration of the season. Students are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. Students who exhibit questionable behavior may be subject to consequences at the discretion of the team coaches.

Fundraising Plan if Applicable (Board policy 7:325)


    • Eric Rexer,
    • Lisa Solesky,

Student Fees

  • To participate in the program, families of students who make the team must pay a participation fee using the RevTrak Web Store.