The South Dakota Science Olympiad competition events span knowledge bases, laboratory skillsets, and project building and cover science topics ranging from biology and human anatomy to technology and engineering.

“The South Dakota Science Olympiad is a great opportunity for middle and high school students across the state to put their science skills to the test,” said James Tracy, state director of the South Dakota Science Olympiad and lecturer in the USD Department of Physics. “At this event, we don’t just want students to come and compete; we want them to discover their passion for science.”

The tournament is organized into two competitive divisions: Division B for middle school teams and Division C for high school teams. The winning teams in each division of the South Dakota tournament will advance to the National Science Olympiad tournament at Wichita State University on May 19-20.

The teams competing in this year’s tournament include the following.

Division B

  • Dakota Valley Middle School
  • Elk Point-Jefferson Middle School
  • Mickelson Middle School
  • Sacred Heart Middle School
  • Yankton Middle School

Division C

  • Brookings High School
  • Elk-Point Jefferson High School
  • Yankton High School

Learn more about the tournament and see a full schedule of events on the South Dakota Science Olympiad website.

The South Dakota Science Olympiad will also be livestreaming both the opening ceremony (8:30-8:45 a.m.) and the awards ceremony (5-6 p.m.) on their YouTube channel @SDScienceOlympiad.

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