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Science Olympiad is a school-based program for students from third grade through their senior year in high school. It offers students the opportunity to improve their understanding in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to work together in teams to learn new skills. Virginia Science Olympiad (VASO) is a non-profit organization engaging and challenging students in these disciplines through team-based competitive tournaments in Virginia.

VASO seeks to inspire a passion for science and technology in Virginia's students through collaboration and teamwork, hands-on experiences, variety and creativity in topics and skills, and fun and rewarding tournaments. Events are carefully chosen by the National Science Olympiad organization to reflect national educational standards and are changed or revised every year to allow students to learn new things.

If you are new to Science Olympiad, we invite you to roam our website, learn more about Science Olympiad, our mission, and see how you can get involved.

What's New


Nov 5, 2014

Congratulations to Leah Puhlick, VAO Board member and coach of Langley HS, for winning a national Yale Educator of the Year Award. She was nominated by a former SO student!

Tournament Dates

Oct 25, 2014

VASO has finalized its regional and state tournament dates. Signup for the regionals opens on December 2, but teams will need to have submitted their choices of events to write/run before being able to sign up. Signup for that (which is to be completed by the school's head coach) opens on Oct 31.

Fairfax HS Div C Invitational

Oct 16, 2014

Registration is open for the Fairfax Division C invitational. Registration closes when 30 teams have registered or on Dec 8 - whichever comes first.

The Big Bang Theory

Oct 14, 2014

During the season 8 opener of the most-watched show on television, The Big Bang Theory on CBS, the Science Olympiad brochure appeared in the CalTech cafeteria scene directly behind Jim Parson's (Sheldon's) head! Warner Brothers reached out to SO over the summer to request the brochure be used as set dressing! See the screen shot.

Bottle Rockets

Oct 14, 2014

VASO has decided not to run the Bottle Rockets event its 2015 tournaments. We are dropping the event; VASO is not substituting another event for it.

Event Apps available

Oct 14, 2014

There are links to the current national events phone apps on our Events page. If using these, please remember that only VASO clarifications will be honored at the virginia regional and state tournaments, so do not use the links to Nationals clarifications that are in the apps.

Registration is open

Sept 9, 2014

Registration is open. Make sure to read the entire Registration Packet - a complete set of instructions are there.

Pricing Discount Announced

Aug 26, 2014

VASO offers a discount for those schools with a large percentage of Free & Reduced Lunch students. Check out our pricing structure for details.