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Texas A&M To Host 22nd Annual Texas Science Olympiad

Nearly 1,000 middle and high school students from across the state will visit campus this weekend for a Texas-sized science and engineering competition.
By Shana K. Hutchins, Texas A&M University College of Arts and Sciences April 18, 2024

Competitors in a youth science competition take an exam in a classroom.
Students with a knack for science, engineering and competition are able to showcase their talents in a variety of team and individual events as part of the Texas Science Olympiad, the state’s premier annual science and technology showdown for middle and high school students hosted each year by Texas A&M University.

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Nearly 1,000 Texas middle and high school students will put their science and engineering knowledge to the test this weekend in Aggieland as they battle for Lone Star State bragging rights in the 2024 Texas Science Olympiad.

For the 22nd consecutive year, Texas A&M will play host to the blockbuster finale that features 60 teams from across the state — 30 in the middle school division and 30 in the high school division — in the ultimate battle of science- and engineering-related academic and, at times, even athletic wits.

Friday’s build/design-themed events, which are free and open to the public, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and be held at the Brazos County Expo Complex in Bryan. Saturday’s laboratory and knowledge-based competitions are restricted to participants only and will take place on the Texas A&M campus. All events will conclude with a Saturday evening awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in Texas A&M’s Rudder Auditorium.

A competitor in a youth science competition watches as a judge measures a tower built out of balsa wood.
A competitor watches as a judge measures her balsa wood tower during the “Towers” event of the Texas Science Olympiad. Students in the event compete to design and build the lightest and tallest towers that can withstand the heaviest load.

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The rigorous academic contest, which is part of a broader national competition that aims to improve the quality of science education in schools, covers a variety of science, engineering and technology topics. Individually and collectively, each challenge is designed to test students’ knowledge of a given subject through their combined use of problem-solving skills and teamwork.

Each competing school is permitted one team of 15 students who will compete in Division B (grades 6-9) or Division C (grades 9-12). During the course of the two-day competition, students will display their skills in a variety of ways, including constructing longest-flying gliders, tallest towers and the most efficient boom and battery-powered cars, launching indoor bottle rockets, detecting diseases and discerning potions and poisons.

In addition to local coordinators from across the Brazos Valley, nearly 200 Texas A&M and Blinn College faculty, staff and students will be on hand to set up and judge the competition’s 56 events. As in previous years, organizers and judges from NASA, as well as business and industrial representatives from both the Houston and Austin communities, also are volunteering their services and expertise.

First- through-fourth-place winners will be decided for each contest and subsequently recognized as part of Saturday’s awards ceremony. Two teams from each division will advance to the 2024 Science Olympiad National Tournament, to be held May 24-25 at Michigan State University.

The Science Olympiad is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing student interest in science, and recognizing outstanding achievements in science education by both students and teachers. Michigan State University hosted the first Science Olympiad National Tournament in 1985, with 17 states participating. Today, approximately 6,000 teams across all 50 states are involved in 425 tournaments hosted annually on college campuses.

Find more information on this year’s Texas Science Olympiad, including event schedules for both divisions.

To learn more about the Science Olympiad organization, visit

Media contact: Shana K. Hutchins,

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