Science Olympiad to be held March 11 at Penn State Wilkes-Barre

February 28, 2020

LEHMAN, Pa. — Penn State Wilkes-Barre will host a science tournament for nearly 800 students on March 11.

The regional tournament for the Science Olympiad, a national competition, includes 795 participants in middle school and high school from throughout Bradford, Carbon, Clinton, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Montour, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne and Wyoming counties. Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous, academic interscholastic competitions consisting of a series of individual and team events that students prepare for during the school year.

Student working on a science project

A young scientist works on a project during a previous Science Olympiad held at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. This year's event will be held at the campus on March 11.

IMAGE: Penn State

The 2020 Northeastern Pennsylvania Science Olympiad features events in the scientific disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, engineering, physics, and computers. All events have been designed to challenge and measure students’ knowledge of science facts, concepts, process skills, and science applications. More than 20 different activities in the areas of science and engineering will be held throughout the day of the competition.

Events include Anatomy & Physiology, Astronomy, Boomilever, Chemistry Lab, Circuit Lab, Codebusters, Designer Genes, Detector Building, Disease Detectives, Dynamic Planet, Experimental Design, Forensics, Fossils, Geologic Mapping, Gravity Vehicle, Machines S and C, Ornithology, Ping Pong Parachute, Protein Modeling, Sound of Music, Water Quality, Write It Do It, and Wright Stuff.

Middle- and high-school students from 53 schools in the region will participate in the tournament at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. March 12 and 13 are snow days for the event.

The winners of both the junior and senior high teams will advance to the state competition at Juniata College on April 25.

For more information about the Northeastern Pennsylvania Science Olympiad, including a schedule of the day’s events, visit Northeastern Pennsylvania Science Olympiad website.

The Pennsylvania Science Olympiad, which was started in 1985 with 30 teams competing in one location, has grown to include more than 300 teams competing in six regional locations across the state.

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. To learn more about the Science Olympiad, visit

Last Updated March 02, 2020