April 19, 2016
1. The finalized scores for the 2016 SoCal State Science Olympiad program have been uploaded and can be found here. There have been no changes made from the preliminary scores. Congratulations to Muscatel Middle School and Troy High School for representing SoCal at the upcoming National Tournament!
2. This is our first year at Caltech, we hope that you and your students will fill out the feedback form here.
We have heard that a few participants were not able to get into the Div B awards ceremony this year and we apologize for that. We are planning to give a fixed number of tickets for each team for the awards ceremony. If there are any other suggestions, please let us know.
3. Pictures from during the day and the award ceremony can be downloaded from the links sent to the head coaches. They will be available online until May 18.
4. Seniors who are interested in volunteering next year can email us at email@example.com. They do not have to be attending Caltech or a local college next year. We can connect them to tournament officials in other states too.
5. The SoCal State Tournament was featured in the news! The article can be found here.
Summer Workshop: Sign Up Now!
The SoCal Science Olympiad Summer Workshop will be on Saturday, July 23, at Caltech. This will be our 4th year hosting this 1 day summer workshop.
- Attendees will receive an early copy of all the 2017 draft rules in early July (mailed to you prior to the day of the event).
- Events will be presented by State and National Event Supervisors and Event Rule Writers.
- Breakfast and lunch are included.
- Registration fees: Early Bird (payment postmarked/received before July 9th): $80, Regular: $100
- As requested, we are accepting online payment this year
- Sign up now.
March 30, 2016
Chemistry Lab C and Food Science B have been moved from Mead 105 to Mead 107. We don't anticipate any more room changes, but if there are, we will post them on Twitter @socalscioly.
As we approach this year's State Tournament, we ask that the head coaches remind their team (students, parents, co-coaches, and guests) to maintain good sportsmanship and demonstrate courtesy to all during the upcoming program. The Science Olympiad Code of Conduct can be found here.
Arriving at Caltech:
When the head coach arrives the morning of the event, they should submit all of the following in an envelope at the check in table outside of the Red Door Cafe:
- Team Roster with the official team of 15 participants from the school
- Release Forms for everyone affiliated with the team who will be on campus that day.
Once the head coach has turned in these required forms, they will receive the official team packet and 15 wristbands for the official members of the team. Finally, please make sure to print out enough copies of the map and schedule for the team's use as there will be a limited number of maps and schedule available on the day of the event. We will have a QR code for the map and schedule. Please let students and guests of your team know so that they can download a QR code reader.
Please review the list of useful contacts below in case you need to use them on the day of the program:
Emergency Contact Information: (626) 395-5000. Do NOT call 911.
In case of a medical emergency dial 5000 from any campus telephones. Security can respond much quicker than Pasadena emergency services and will make this notification as necessary. If you’re in the home base area in the Beckman Mall, first aid personnel are located in the Beckman Auditorium lobby.
Minor Procedural Issues Contact number: 818-570-0333
On the day of the event, this is the number for quick procedural issues. Quick procedural issues are things like: Event Supervisor is missing for an event, Event Supervisor is checking for student ID to let them in, Event Supervisors not allowing certain items that should be allowed, etc. In general, call this number to get something fixed quickly (not to appeal). This is not meant to replace the appeal process that's currently in place.
Arbitration: (626) 592-7666
If your team needs to file an appeal, the head coach must submit the appeal form to the info table in front of Beckman Auditorium and call this number. Only the head coach of the team can submit an appeal. They may only be accompanied by the students who participated in the appealing event.
Follow us on Twitter @SoCalScioly. If there are any last minute changes, they will be posted there!
Keeping the Campus Clean:
We have provided you with a trash bag in your packet. Please be courteous and help pick up any trash in your area as a way of thanking the school for their hospitality and help in hosting this year's program. The goal is to keep the grounds free of any debris and trash and restore it to its pre-event condition before our arrival. Thanks for your help and support in making this possible.
Preliminary and Finalized Scores:
Preliminary scores will be posted for review here by the end of Saturday, April 2nd and they are subject to review. Head coaches have until Monday, April 4th at 5:00pm to submit any questions, concerns, or issues regarding the Preliminary Scores to firstname.lastname@example.org. The scores will be considered finalized when they are posted on the SoCal State Scioly webpage following a review period.
We look forward to seeing you and your team on April 2nd at Caltech. We wish you a very successful visit, filled with enthusiasm, praiseworthy conduct, personal integrity, and a wonderful learning experience. We exhort your team to once again utilize and uphold the rich traditions embodied by the Science Olympiad program.
March 29, 2016
Practice on Campus Prior to Saturday
Please remind your parents and teams that practicing your devices on campus are strictly prohibited prior to the tournament. Teams should arrive no earlier than 7 AM on Saturday, the time which we have received a city permit to host this event. We’re grateful that Caltech is willing to host the State Tournament for the first time and that they’ve committed to sharing their staff and selected facilities on Saturday, April 2. Research and classes are ongoing and it is not acceptable to come onto campus to practice in the gym or use other facilities like the tennis courts. Pictures of each event venue have been posted here. Please do not jeopardize the possibility of having Caltech host this and other Science Olympiad events in the future and don’t risk disqualifying your team.
Please remember that all tents must have at least 160 lbs of anchorage distributed between all the legs. Stakes must not be used to anchor the legs as the lawn has electrical wiring running underneath.
Admissions Info Session
Caltech Admissions will be doing an info session for students, parents, and coaches from 4:00 to 5:00 PM in East Bridge Lecture Hall Rm 201. We recommend going to the info session for those interested in applying to or coming to Caltech in the future.
Please let us know if anyone on your team requires wheelchair access.
March 28, 2016
Wind Power Set Up:
The Ward’s Wind Power setup broke during transit. We will be using this setup instead.
All the Event Clarifications that we will be following for the upcoming 2016 Southern California State Science Olympiad Tournament have been posted here. Please note that these are the only clarifications which we will be utilizing at the tournament, in addition to the rules found in the rules manual. You can download these clarifications in a spreadsheet.
Online Self-Scheduled Sign Up:
The online self-scheduled sign up has closed. However, you can still log in and click on the "View Your Event Times" tab to see the events and times you have signed up for and reserved. Please make sure your students are aware of the times your team has reserved.
Here is an updated map which consolidates the campus map and parking map and highlights the competition buildings and parking areas.
There have been a few questions regarding Home Bases. Flags will be planted indicating the spaces for each team. At check in, the head coach will let us know which 18ft x 18ft space their team is occupying. Home bases must be contained within the grass areas labeled on the home base map. Concrete areas around the grass must be kept clear at all times. Due to the limited space on the lawn, two teams without tents have been predesignated to set up under the overhang of Building 76. No teams may set up under the overhang of Building 77 (Baxter). No extension cords are allowed on the sidewalks.
As a reminder, each team is only allowed one 10ft x 10ft tent/canopy/EZ up. Each tent must have a minimum of 5ft spacing between neighboring tents and tents must have a total of 160 lbs anchorage distributed amongst the 4 legs.
The city permit for this event does not begin until 7:00AM. Please do not arrive on campus until 7:00AM. The fire marshal will be present to inspect and enforce these regulations. Please follow all directions from the fire marshal and Science Olympiad staff.
Each competition building has its own restrooms. The restrooms closest to the Home Base area are in Baxter 1) on the first floor; 2) in the basement from the west entrance; and 3) on the second floor from the south entrance. ADA compliant restrooms are available in Baxter and Beckman Auditorium.
Food Availability on campus:
Coffee: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Red Door Cafe
Due to the size of the Beckman Auditorium, the Awards Ceremony will be separated by division: Div B 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM, Div C 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM. Doors will open at 5:00 PM for Div B Awards. In order to facilitate the awards ceremony, the official 15 members and the head coach of the team will sit in the orchestra section of the auditorium in the middle section. Parents and other guests will be seated in the balcony section. The official photographer will take pictures of each pair of medal recipients in front of the Science Olympiad/Caltech backdrop off stage. The pictures will be made available to the teams after the event.
March 22, 2016
Bringing the State Science Olympiad Tournament to a new venue has been a huge endeavor and it couldn’t happen without the leadership team at Caltech. We would like to announce Jarvis Li as our 2016 Tournament Director. Jarvis has been working with us and he has been instrumental in this process. Jarvis and his team will be in orange Caltech/Science Olympiad hoodies on the day of the tournament. They will be able to answer questions regarding the tournament on April 2nd.
Parent Volunteer Assignments:
The parent volunteer assignments are now posted here. Teams must have 1 adult volunteer present for the entire duration listed for the given event. Teams can either ask 1 parent volunteer to complete it or 2 parent volunteers to split up the time. Please make sure to let your parent volunteers know when and where they need to be on the day of the event. There are no cards or papers to sign. When they report to the assignment, they need to let the event supervisor(s) know that they're a parent volunteer and which school they're representing. If you have any questions regarding your assignment, please let us know.
While the size and separation of the easy ups/tents/portable canopies are per city regulations, by no means are teams limited to the 10ft x 10ft border of their easy ups/tents/portable canopies. Each tent must have a minimum of 5ft spacing between neighboring tents and tents must have a total of 160 lbs anchorage distributed amongst the 4 legs per city regulations. Please follow the updated home base map. Teams are allotted 18ft x 18ft of space (there will be flags marking the corners of the 18ft squares.) Please be respectful of neighboring teams. The sidewalks are fire lanes, so please keep the sidewalks clear (including extension cables).
Pre-Final Schedule and Change of Venue for Mission Possible and the Vehicle Events:
The Pre-Final Schedule is now posted. Please note that the venues for Mission Possible B, Electric Vehicle C, and Scrambler B have been switched:
Mission Possible B: Winnett 2nd Floor Lounge -> Dabney Hall
Electric Vehicle C: Dabney Hall -> Winnett 2nd Floor Lounge
Scrambler B: Dabney Hall -> Winnett 2nd Floor Lounge
Students will not need wristbands to impound their devices since the impound period is the same as the period where the head-coach checks in to receive their wristbands. However, we’re still following the rules that all devices must be impounded by one or more of the 15 official team members. Event Supervisors will not allow parents or adults to impound devices for the team.
Self-Scheduled Online Sign Up:
Thank you for all of you who have signed up. At this point, practically all teams have signed up. We understand that some teams want to exchange time slots, so we have created a spreadsheet for head coaches to seek out other head coaches for exchanging times. If two teams agree to switch times, please send us an email (cc the other team) prior to the deadline for the online signup (Friday, March 25th at 3:00PM).
Deadline for Rules Clarifications:
5:00 PM today is the last day to request a rules clarification.
March 17, 2016: Certificate of Insurance, Tournament Day Parking and Team Staging Area
Certificate of Insurance:
We have received the digital certificate of insurance and/or the hard copy by mail from many of you. We have just sent a separate email reminder to the teams we haven’t received either form of the certificate of insurance. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding this.
Team Staging Areas:
Teams are welcome to select a location for a home base in the Beckman Mall during the day of the Science Olympiad. We’ve included a sample map of the home base areas as per city regulations. We ask that each team bring no more than 1 tent of 10’ x 10’. Please note that a previous email has stated the dimensions to be less than 12’ x 12’ but it should be 10’ x 10’.There must be at least 5 feet (but we recommend more) of clearance between each tent and tents must have a total of 160 lbs anchorage distributed amongst the 4 legs. The sidewalks are fire lanes, so please keep the sidewalks clear (including extension cables). Thank you for your corporation.
Cooking and any open flames are prohibited due to safety regulations. Under no circumstances should you cook or reheat food during the tournament.
A map of the campus can be found here. Parking is free within Caltech in any of the highlighted parking structures which can be found here. Surface parking lots requires either a special Science Olympiad official parking permit of a Caltech permit. We highly recommend parking in one of the parking structures. Please follow all traffic signage posts and do not park in named reserved or 24 hour reserved spots.
March 16, 2016: Online Sign Up Opens Today and Rules Clarification Deadline
The self-scheduled event online sign up will open today, Wednesday, March 16th, at 3:00pm and will close on
Friday, March 25th at 3:00pm. Please note that you will NOT be able to sign up for these events after March 25th
at 3:00pm. The links to access the self-schedule sign up are:
Division B: http://socalscioly.org/esus/state/b/login.php
Division C: http://socalscioly.org/esus/state/c/login.php
Username and password had been emailed to the team head coach. For technical issues, contact Peter.
The only rule clarifications that we’re observing at the Southern California State Science Olympiad Tournament are ones posted on the Southern California State Science Olympiad web page. You can sort and filter the clarifications by downloading them here. Note that the last day to request a rules clarification is Tuesday, March 22nd, 5:00pm. All requests after that time will not be answered. All clarifications will be finalized and posted on Monday, March 28th, 11:59 PM after which no more clarifications will be posted.
March 15, 2016: Caltech Bookstore Discount
In celebration of the inaugural Science Olympiad Tournament hosted at Caltech, there is a 20% discount on all purchases at the Caltech Bookstore, in person on the day of and online, starting now until April 15. Don't forget to check out these limited Caltech-Science Olympiad items!
March 14, 2016: Team Numbers and ESUS Log In Information
All teams have registered for the SoCal State Tournament. The team numbers have been assigned.
An email with the self-scheduled event sign up username and password were sent out between 10AM and 11AM today to the head coach of the team. The email was sent from email@example.com. If you’re the head coach and didn’t receive the email, please check your spam folder and contact us if you didn't receive it
February 21, 2016: Welcoming Letter and Important Information
Congratulations, and welcome to the 31st annual Southern California State Science Olympiad hosted by the Southern California Association of Science Specialists (SCASS) on the campus of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016. Below, you will find some important and useful information about the upcoming program. Please be aware that some of these items are time sensitive and require immediate attention!
Spring Break Recess:
We understand that many of you will be on Spring Break in the upcoming weeks. Please note that any updates will both be sent to your email address and posted here. Please ask your students to check the web page especially if you will not be able to relay relevant information to the team.
Online Registration and Parent Volunteers (Time Sensitive):
This year we will once again, be registering all teams online. Please fill out the requested form by noon on Friday March 11th. This is how we will confirm that you are receiving our emails and updates and are planning to attend the upcoming program. Please note that you do not need to submit the names of students, alternates, or parent volunteers during registration at this time, so please register ASAP.
Certificate of Liability Coverage (Urgent and Time Sensitive Follow-Up):
The California State Science Olympiad program directors, the Southern California Association of Science Specialists (SCASS) & the California Institute of Technology require that your school/district provide us with a "Certificate of Liability Insurance" or "Evidence of Coverage" Certificate in order to attend and participate in the April 2nd, 2016 State Science Olympiad program being held on the campus of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.
You, as the coach for your team, will need to immediately request from your district/school/risk management office contact, insurance coverage, in the form of a Certificate of Liability, for your team's participation in the State Science Olympiad 2016 program. The State program requires different agencies to be named and now includes three agencies which are involved in running and hosting the State program.
The Certificate of Liability coverage certifies to the California Institute of Technology, the Southern California Association of Science Specialists (Host agency), and California State Science Olympiad program directors that your district/school is aware of your school’s participation in this event and authorizes your team's attendance in the State Science Olympiad program on April 2nd, 2016 at the California Institute of Technology. The 'Certificate' also allows for all involved to understand that the district or insuring agency will provide liability coverage for each team's participants and district staff who participates in the program.
Insurance Certificate Language: (Certificate of Liability Insurance or Evidence of Coverage Certificate)
California State Science Olympiad Program Directors, the Southern California State Science Olympiad-South and their officers, agents, employees and volunteers of each of them
The California Institute of Technology, its officers, agents, employees, and volunteers of each of them and The Southern California Association of Science Specialists (SCASS), and their officers, agents, employees and volunteers of each of them
Please note that if a district has more than one school participating in the upcoming program and the issuing agency allows for this, one certificate for all the participating schools in a district can be issued providing all of the participating are named in the "Certificate of Liability" or "Evidence of Coverage" Certificate that is provided. Should your Risk Management Office or Insurance Agent have questions regarding the requested information, please contact, Director Ed Rodevich by email or by phone at 714-280-2681
Required Insurance Forms Destination:
Once completed, you or the your school district must e-mail a pdf copy of the Certificate of Liability to firstname.lastname@example.org and a hard copy of the original Certificate must be mailed directly to the State Science Olympiad program office at
State Science Olympiad Program Office
Irvine, CA 92620
Attn: Ed Rodevich, Director
Regardless of the how the copy of the 'Certificate' is provided, the "original certificate(s)" must be mailed to the State Science Olympiad program office at the address provided above. Please include the name of the district and the name of the school to ensure that the documents are credited to the proper school. The Certificate of Liability or Evidence of Coverage Certificate must be received by March 24, 2016 (E-Mail or US Mail) to enable program staff to verify that all insurance requirements for your team have been met.
Please give a copy of this information to your risk manager or insurance agency contact to make them aware of the wording and time-lines needed for completion and receipt of the required information. In addition, please remember to check with your risk management office/insurance agent on a regular basis regarding the status of the completion of your 'Certificate'.
Field Trip Permission Slips:
Please check with your school to see if you need to have field trip permission slips for your students to attend the Southern California State Olympiad Tournament on April 2nd, 2016. In some states permission slips are required for all students travelling to any event in any vehicle other than an authorized school bus. The purpose of these slips is to protect the drivers of private cars from litigation in the event of an accident. Some permission slips note ergency numbers for each child and/or stated permission for necessary medical treatment. Without the stated permission for necessary medical treatment, me hospitals have been unwilling to start medical care in the absence of parents or guardians. Please be aware of this as you plan for the upcoming program.
Online Sign Up for Self Scheduled Events (Time Sensitive):
We will be using a new online system, Event Sign Up System (ESUS), for the self-scheduled events sign ups. The links to access the self-schedule sign up are
Division B http://socalscioly.org/esus/state/b/login.php
Division C http://socalscioly.org/esus/state/c/login.php
Username and password will be emailed to the head coach of the team on March 15th. If you do not receive the username and password by Tuesday, March 15th, please contact us immediately because the self-scheduled event online sign up will open Wednesday, March 16th, at 3:00pm and will close on Friday, March 25th at 3:00pm. Please note that you will NOT be able to sign up for these events after March 25th at 3:00pm. For technical issues, please contact email@example.com. The available time slots will be ready for your preview starting next week and you will not need your username login information to see this.
Once you have logged in, by default, you will be on the page with different events and time slots which you can sign up for. By clicking on "Get this time" in the time you want, you will have selected that time for this event and the slot will turn green and read "You have this slot." If you decide to select another time for this event, you can click the "Get this time" button for another time and it will automatically drop your original slot and get you the new slot.
You can review the time slots which you have signed up for by clicking on the tab on the top that says "View Your Event Times." On this page, if you decide you do not want to participate in an event, you can click the "Drop This Slot" button to drop your time for that event. You can also go back to select and/or change your times afterwards by click on "Select Event Times."
After the sign up period is over, you will still be able to log in and click on the "View Your Event Times" tab to see the events and time you have signed up and reserved.
Sign up for each event is on a first come first serve basis starting at the date and time listed above. Each team should sign up for one of the 5 or 6 time slots for each of the events they are interested in participating. Each time slot is 1 hour long and depending on the event and the time slot, between 6 and 9 teams will be able to sign up. On the day of the event, all of the teams which signed up for a particular hour will show up to their event within that hour and demonstrate/test their device according to the rules. The order in which the teams within the hour demonstrate/test their device will be done on a first come first serve basis as well. It will be advantageous for teams to get the event at the beginning of the time slot so that they will not have to wait for as many teams.
Mission Possible B: Students must show up sometime during the time slot they sign up for in Mission Possible B to start their 30 minute set up. If students have to leave immediately after their time slot is over, they should prepare to show up early in the time slot to make sure they can run their device and get to the next event in sufficient time. Students should check with the event Supervisors to see when they can start setting up. Please note that because of the set up time, a team that arrives in the middle of the time slot may have their 30 minutes of set up time and their 3 minute run time go over into the following time slot.
If your self-scheduled event requires impound, the device must be impounded during the time stated in the schedule. Per the code of ethics and general rules, all pre-built devices presented for judging must be impounded by one or more of the 15 current team members unless stated otherwise in the rules.
Schedule, Team Numbers:
The preliminary schedule is posted on the State web page here. Please note that there will be no trial or medal only events this year. While we do not expect any major changes to the schedule at this point, we will let you know if there are any updates to the schedule and send you a pre-final schedule a few days before the program. As we update the schedule, the one posted on this web page will also be updated. A final schedule will be provided on the day of the event for each team.
Team Numbers will be sent out after the last Regional has confirmed the teams advancing to the State Tournament. However, please note that the team number should not have an impact on event conflicts since all teams have the same event conflicts.
Hosting Campus Location and Parking:
The physical address for Caltech is 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91125. A map of the campus can be found here. Parking is free within Caltech in any of the highlighted parking structures which can be found here. Surface parking lots requires either a special Science Olympiad official parking permit of a Caltech permit. We highly recommend parking in one of the parking structures. Please follow all traffic signage posts and do not park in named reserved or 24 hour reserved spots. We’re working with the City of Pasadena for a location for bus parking. Please indicate on the online registration form by Friday March 11 if your school will be bringing a bus for the day of the event.
Note that there are several buildings with similar names:
Beckman Institute Auditorium (building 74) is for Disease Detectives C and Dynamic Planet C.
Beckman Auditorium (building 91) is only for the award ceremony.
Dabney Hall (building 40) is where the Scrambler B and Electric Vehicle C take place.
Dabney House (building 58) is not being used by the Science Olympiad.
Gates Annex (building 26) is where Fossils B/C and Reach for the Stars B take place.
Gates-Thomas (building 44) is not being used by the Science Olympiad.
Keck Laboratories (building 78) is where Disease Detectives B and Dynamic Planet B take place.
Keck Center (building 127) is not being used by the Science Olympiad.
For those looking for overnight accommodations, the Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau has put together a list of hotels in the Pasadena area with exclusive discounts for Science Olympiad Participants. You can find this information here.
Chandler Dining Hall, Caltech’s on campus cafeteria, will be open from 10am-2pm with food available for purchase. The Red Door Cafe will also be open from 7am-10am serving coffee and drinks.
The Caltech Bookstore will be open from 8:30am-5:30pm on the day tournament with exclusive Caltech/Science Olympiad merchandise available for purchase. There will be a 20% discount on the day of the tournament and for any purchases made online between March 21 and April 15. More information will be coming.
Check-in on the Day of the Tournament:
Check-in is scheduled to begin at 7:30 AM on April 2nd, 2016. Please arrive on campus at or after 7:00 AM; there is no overnight camping on campus. The head coach of the team should go to the registration area to check in and turn in registration materials. The registration materials we’re expecting are:
- Final team roster with the name of the students and grade level
- Release form for all minors: participants, non-participating students, guests of the school who are below 18 years old.
- Release form for all adults: participants, non-participating students, chaperones, parents, coaches, volunteers, and guests of the school who are 18 years old or above.
Team Staging Areas:
Teams are welcome to select a location for a home base during the day of the Science Olympiad in Beckman Mall. Each team may bring one easy-up or canopy and it must not be larger than 10’x10.’ All shade canopies must be constructed of a flame retardant material and must be tagged indicating compliance. The Fire Marshall may check for these tags and may require that canopies not in compliance be removed. Please let us know by Friday, March 11th if you plan to bring an easy-up so that we can secure the proper city permit.
Cooking and any open flames are prohibited due to safety regulations. Under no circumstances should you cook or reheat food during the day.
Emergency Contact Information:
In case of a medical emergency, please call (626) 395-5000 or the extension x5000 if you’re using a campus phone. Messages can be emailed or texted to firstname.lastname@example.org from your computer or cellular phone. Campus security works with the city emergency services so that they can be directly to the correct location in the shortest possible time.
15 Official Team Members Roster Requirement:
Our current practice at the Southern California State Science Olympiad is for the head-coach of the team to bring and submit a final official roster of participating students on the day of the tournament during the morning check-in time. The head-coach needs to also submit any of the various release forms and code of ethics forms that are required. If there is a change in the composition of the team, this is simply recorded on the roster you bring on the day of the event.
Wristbands are provided for your team members. You will receive fifteen (15) wristbands when you check-in. It is expected that the students (maximum fifteen) that you bring will compete in as many of the events as your team plans to participate as some schools do not compete in all of the events. Please be aware that there is no maximum or minimum number of events that a given student must compete in at the State Tournament. We are aware that teams may employ an organizational system that includes maximum or minimum numbers in order to manage the team and schedule, but that is not a requirement of the State Science Olympiad program. Please make sure you check the National Science Olympiad guidelines here on who can be on your 15 member team.
We do not expect schools to substitute team members during the tournament. However, if an emergency should arise and a student on your team is unable to compete, you should discuss that situation with a member of the Executive Steering Committee on the day of the event.
Science Olympiad Code and Ethics & General Rules:
Please review with your students and parents the Science Olympiad Code and Ethics & General Rules
Photography on the Day of the Event:
We will have media and official photographers on the day of the tournament. If your student(s) wish not to be in photos/videos on the day of the event, they should be instructed to remove themselves from the photo, videos, and/or interview situation to avoid compromising the information for broadcasting and newscasts.
Please note that teams can only take pictures of a device if the device belongs to the photographer's affiliated school. In the case that a team wants to take pictures of another school's device(s), permission from the owner of the device(s) must be given. Please refer to the Participant Media Recommendations Form and check unacceptable scenarios 1 and 4. If your team has a unique design that you do not want other teams to use, please make sure you take the needed action to protect it by covering the device in some manner.
Please submit all rules clarification questions by filling out this form. The only clarifications we will be following will be the ones posted here. All clarification questions we answer will be automatically posted on the web page. Please note that the rules clarification form will close Tuesday, March 22nd, 5:00pm. All requests after that time will not be answered. All clarifications will be final on Monday, March 28th, 11:59 PM after which there will not be any more clarifications posted.
Wright Stuff C and Elastic Launched Glider B Venue Dimensions:
The dimensions for the Elastic Launched Glider B and Wright Stuff C venue (Brown Gym) are 32 meters long, 26 meters wide, and the curved ceiling is between 4 meters high at the lowest point and 9 meters at the highest point. A picture of the venue’s ceiling for Elastic Launched Glider B and Wright Stuff C can be found here.
November 23, 2015: Caltech will be hosting the 2016 Southern California State Science Olympiad!
Caltech will be hosting the 2016 Southern California State Science Olympiad on Sat, Apr 2, 2016! We are excited that Caltech, the top
university in the world in science and engineering, is partnering with Science Olympiad to promote K-12 STEM Education.
The tentative 2016 Southern California State Science Olympiad schedule with rooms have been posted.
November 10, 2015: Upcoming Invitational TournamentsWe have a number of teams interested in hosting invitational tournaments this year. Invitational Tournaments allow Science Olympiad teams to participate in non-official practice tournaments that do not impact Regional or State advancement or rankings. We hope that the information below will allow teams to plan ahead in the case that they’re interested in participating in any of these Invitational Tournaments.
Carmel Valley Middle School Invitational (Full)
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015
Contact: Scott Wooden
Location: Carmel Valley Middle School, 3800 Mykonos Lane, San Diego, CA 92130
Carmel Valley Science Olympiad
Ladera Vista Junior High School Invitational (Full)
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015
Contact: Marlon Barcelona
Location: Ladera Vista Junior High, Fullerton, CA, 1700 E. Wilshire Ave, Fullerton, CA 92831
Ladera Vista Science Olympiad
Kraemer Science Olympiad Invitational
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2016
Contact: Shaun Evola
Location: Kraemer Middle School, 645 N. Angelina drive, Placentia, CA 92870
Kraemer Science Olympiad
Murrieta Valley High School Invitational
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2016
Contact: Mariano Aranda
Location: Murrieta, CA, 42200 Nighhawk Way, Murrieta, CA 92562
Murrieta Valley Science Olympiad
Muscatel Middle School Invitational (Full)
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2016
Contact: Jun Lugue
Location: Rosemead, California, 4201 North Ivar Avenue, Rosemead, CA 91770
Muscatel Science Olympiad
Polytechnic School Invitational
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016
Contact: Gillian Bush
Location: Polytechnic School, 1030 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106
Polytechnic Science Olympiad
Mesa Robles School Invitational
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016
Contact: Alaric Qin
Location: Mesa Robles, Hacienda Heights, CA, 16060 Mesa Robles Dr, Hacienda Hts, CA 91745
Mesa Robles Science Olympiad
Troy High School Invitational (Full)
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Contact: Kurt Wahl
Location: Troy High School, 2200 E. Dorothy Lane, Fullerton, CA 92831
Winston Churchill Science Olympiad Invitational (Full)
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015
Contact: Jeff Jungk
Location: Winston Churchill Middle School, Carmichael CA, 4900 Whitney Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608
Churchill Science Olympiad
Mira Loma High School Invitational (Full)
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2016
Division: B and C
Contact: Scott Martinez
Location: Mira Loma High School, 4000 Edison Ave, amento, CA 95821
Mira Loma Science Olympiad
Wicklund Science Olympiad Invitational (Full)
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Contact: Drew Kirian
Location: Wicklund Elementary School, 300 E. Legacy Drive, Mountain House, CA 95391
Wicklund Science Olympiad
Nov 9, 2015 Update
The 2016 Southern California State Science Olympiad Tournament will tentatively be on Saturday, April 2, 2016 and the preliminary schedule has been published.