Science Competitions

Evergreen Middle School provides access to science competitions. These competitions are coached and driven by parent volunteers. EMS supports these competitions by coordinating teams and providing space to practice for the competitions. To participate in these competitions you must be a member of ASB and sign up for Science Competitions Club.

Science Olympiad (SO)

Science Olympiad is an American middle school and high school team competition in which students compete in 'events' pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.

SO preliminary teams will be formed by students and parents. Teams will consist of 15 students; each student will take on 2-3 subjects/topics. Each team needs at least two main coaches who will be points of contact with the SO coordinator. Within teams there can be more coaches who wish to coach specific topic areas. Unfortunately Washington State Science Olympiad only allows 6 teams per school, once we reach 6 full teams all other applicants will be placed on a wait list.

There will be monthly “zero period” competition events at EMS. These will take place before school and can vary from quizzes to hands on application practice. Data will be recorded from these events and used to form final teams.

Coach responsibilities:

  • Organizing teams
  • Motivating and keeping teams working/on task
  • Assembling tests
  • Evaluation of models/experiments
  • Team meeting logs/rosters

Once teams are formed there will be a coach training meeting. This will be a chance for coaches to learn what is involved and become trained by experienced coaches.

If you are interested in joining a Science Olympiad team complete the following prior to the end of September:

  1. Pay ASB and Science Competitions Club fees
  2. Register with this link here.
  3. Any questions please contact:

National Science Bowl (NSB)

The National Science Bowl (NSB) is a high school and middle school science knowledge competition using a quiz bowl format held in the United States. A buzzer system similar to those seen on popular television game shows is used to signal an answer.

NSB teams are formed through rank testing. Students take exams in different subject areas. The top students from each subject are then selected for positions on the teams. If throughout the year a student drops from a team, the next ranked student will be offered their position.

Teams will need to be formed prior to October 1st.

You Be The Chemist Challenge (YBTC)

The You Be The Chemist Challenge® is an interactive academic contest that encourages students in grades 5-8 to explore chemistry concepts and their real-world applications.

YBTC is also exam selected. Only two teams can register. Students will take an exam and the top students will join the EMS YBTC teams. This event will be announced later in the year.