VASO Division A registration for 2017-18 is now closed.
HW did not have a Division B team this year. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering.
Science Olympiad is a school-based program for students from third grade through their senior year in high school. It offers students the opportunity to improve their understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to work together in teams to learn new skills. Virginia Science Olympiad (VASO) is a non-profit organization engaging and challenging students in these disciplines through team-based competitive tournaments in Virginia.
VASO seeks to inspire a passion for science and technology in Virginia’s students through collaboration and teamwork, hands-on experiences, variety, and creativity in topics and skills, and fun and rewarding tournaments. Events are carefully chosen by the National Science Olympiad organization to reflect national educational standards and are changed or revised every year to allow students to learn new things.
There are two annual competitions divided as follow
|Division A||Division B|
|3rd, 4th and 5th grades||6th grade|
In SO parents are coaches. Each pair of students will be typically coached by the parent of one of them. They meet as often as desired and at a location of their choice. The entire team will only meet once or twice to talk about tournament logistics.
Division B (VirginiaVASO.com) — HW Coordinator TBA (vasoB@hwpta.org)
The Division B of The Science Olympiad is intended for grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. SO teams are groups of 15 students that work in pairs and prepare for 2 or 3 events per pair.
- Study events, such as Anatomy and Physiology. At the tournament, students, working with their partner, simply answer a written test.
- Building events, such as Elastic Launched Glider. For this events, students work with their partner on building a specific device following the rules provided. At the tournament, the device is tested in front of judges.
A complete list of events for Division B can be found at www.virginiaso.com/events.php. Please notice the tournament schedule is already posted. Students must choose carefully since some events are in conflict.
Division A (sites.google.com/site/vasodivisiona/) — HW Coordinator TBA (vasoA@hwpta.org)