Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad: Exploring the World of Science!

Registration is Open!
For specific questions about the Science Olympiad program, contact your school’s Science Olympiad advisor:

What is Science Olympiad?

Science Olympiad is a team sport for STEM enthusiasts, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and practice throughout the year. Students work in teams to cross-train for a variety of events to compete with other students at the San Diego Regional Science Olympiad Competition!

High School, College, and Career-Ready

CEF is honored to work with its local science and engineering partner, Viasat, and the Carlsbad Unified School District to provide middle and high school students the incredible opportunity to observe, experience and explore STEM careers. Student groups are mentored by adult science enthusiasts who are often professional scientist and/or engineers in the field.

Hands-On STEM Competition

Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering, and technology.

STEM Skills and Fun!

Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and Science Olympiad encourages group learning by designing events that forge alliances. Even if you don’t think you are a “science person,” you will learn that you have skills to contribute to the group’s success.

Sign Ups for Science Olympiad are every fall at the beginning of the new school year. Students are asked to choose their event preferences and availability for the season.  We want all our Olympians to train in at least one build and one test event. Please refer to the specific event schedules that may change every year when choosing events to prevent conflicts.

Registration Materials

Please see your school’s unique registration links in the center table. You can register online at

95% of students reported a positive experience with Science Olympiad last year!

80% of Carlsbad students indicated they would consider a career in STEM after participating in Science O!