UPDATE: As of October 14, Science Olympiad registration is officially closed, as the program is now full. Thank you to all who registered to participate, and for your interest!

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD.  Kent Gardens is bringing back the Science Olympiad teams!

Did you knowThe Kent Gardens Science Olympiad team advanced to the State Competition in March 2020.  Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic forced a cancellation of the March 30 state competition.

Did you knowKent Gardens did not participate in the 2021 Science Olympiad due to the challenges of running a virtual science program.  Families were reluctant to commit to the science program under those circumstances. The Science Olympiad did take place but at a much-reduced participation rate in Virginia. 

The good news is that we are bringing it back.  We hope to rekindle the culture we had before 2020 -21.

Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing male, female, and minority interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers.  One of Science Olympiad’s goals is to create a passion for learning science by supporting elementary and secondary Science Olympiad tournaments at building, district, county, state, and national levels with an emphasis on teamwork and a commitment to excellence.

Kent Gardens participates with at Division B (6 – 8th grade) team and a Division A (3- 5thgrade) team.   Each team may participate in up to 23 events.  The 6th grade team competes officially.  The 3 -5th grade team competes as a practice team with more relaxed rules.  Sometimes 5th graders participate in the Division B.

Science Olympiad teams are groups of 15 students that work in pairs and prepare for 2 or 3 events per pair.  For more details, see the VASO 2022 Event List:

2022 VASO Event List  Click on the event in the right column to see details

Events are divided into two categories:

  • Study events, such as Anatomy and Physiology.  At the tournament, students, working with their partner, simply answer a written test.
  • Building events, such as Mousetrap Vehicle or Bridge. For these events, students work with their partner on building a specific device following the rules provided. At the tournament, the device is tested in front of judges.
  • Break out of which Division B events are written and which are device events.  2022 Written and Device Events.pdf

The Kent Gardens Science Olympiad seeks participation on three levels:

  1. Students interested should let their teachers know or Mr. Shivnen
  2. Parent Coordinators. We normally have two parent coordinators who schedule bi-monthly event progress meetings and provide information on rules, dates, and logistics for the eventual regional tournament which takes place in February.
  3. Parent mentors. Each event has a parent who mentors each student pair of participants

To restart our Science Olympiad team, we will seek student and parent participation interest in September.  Students please let me know through your teachers.  Parents please contact me here: jjshivnen@fcps.edu