Greetings from The University of Pikeville,


The Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization 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. The Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of team events, which students prepare for during the year. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science concepts, process skills and science applications. Science Olympiad highlights many of the elements of the Teaching Standards, Assessment Standards, Program Standards and Science Education System Standards.


Teams are hosted by the school from which the students attend. A teacher, parent or student, usually a volunteer, coordinates the team in practice and preparation for the competition; generally for several months ahead of the scheduled competition date. Often there are others who coach individual events as well. A team can consist of up to 15 students from a participating school; additionally, more than one team from a school is permitted to register if space at the regional competition permits. In the middle school level, only 5 ninth graders are allowed to compete on one team. Homeschool groups may also form teams to compete.  A lot of strategy usually goes into the forming of a team. Since 4 - 5 events go on at the same time as other events during a competition, the coach or coordinator must make decisions based on each competitor's specialty and ability in order to correctly place them throughout the day.


Since the 2006-2007 competition year, the Pikeville Regional Science Olympiad has been hosted by The University of Pikeville. This year’s competition is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 2018 on the campus of The University of Pikeville, Pikeville, Kentucky. 

















There are twenty-three events in which competitors face off on a single day. Events fall under three main categories: Science Concepts and Knowledge, Science Processes and Thinking Skills, and Science Application and Technology. They are either knowledge-based (i.e. written tests on earth science, physics, astronomy, biology, and chemistry), hands-on (i.e participants perform various lab experiments), or engineering-based (i.e. participants construct a device to do specified tasks). Knowledge-based events generally have two participants either taking a test or mathematically analyzing data.


We encourage former participating schools to register for this year's event and any school that has not yet participated to consider doing so.  Traditionally, many teams from Pike, Floyd, Johnson, and Morgan counties have participated in the event.  This is a wonderful educational opportunity to build teamwork and critical thinking skills for students in grades 6-9 (Middle School - Division B) and grades 9-12 (High School – Division C). 


Teams may include up to 15 students; each team of 15 students must be assigned a different coach.  There are 23 events scheduled in each division.  These events generally fall into one of the following five categories: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Engineering, and Physics.  The University of Pikeville intends to run each of the 23 events listed in each of the Division B and Division C categories.


Additional information on the Olympiad and the benefits your students may be found at the National Science Olympiad’s website: http://www.soinc.org/.  Qualifying teams will be eligible to compete in the 2018 Kentucky State Science Olympiad to be hosted at Western Kentucky University (http://www.wku.edu/scienceolympiad/) and may have an opportunity to move on the 2018 National Science Olympiad.


We look forward to hearing from you soon and hosting your teams at the 2017-2018 Kentucky Regional Olympiad at The University of Pikeville!



Dr. Robert Arts, Director