2014 Elementary Science Olympiad Tournament
Science Olympiad Tournament


DESCRIPTION: This is an excellent activity for kids who like science. Students in grades 3-5 can take part in a variety of science activities involving hands-on challenges, tests of knowledge and scientific measurement skills. The day begins with a parade for all participants, and winners get medals! We are offering 28 different events this year, many of them are brand new:

Crime Busters ~ Show off your forensic skills and find the evidence
Disease Detectives ~ Identify health risks and hunt down germs
Mystery Architecture ~ Use our grab-bag of materials to build your tower
Paddle Boats ~ Build a boat and make some waves in the race

Click here for a Complete Event List for 2014


Practice Tips
Can Race Write It Do It Don't Bug Me Bottle Music
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This event is open to elementary students attending school in DeKalb County. Students participate as a member of a school-based team that includes students in grades 3, 4 and 5. Private or Home School groups should contact the Tournament Coordinator directly to see if space is available. Our tournament is free, but pre-registration is required, and all events are offered on a space-available basis. We are a Regional Qualifier for the State Tournament in May, 2014.


DeKalb Elementary Science Olympiad Tournament
Druid Hills Middle School
Saturday, May 3, 2014
8 am -12:30 pm


Michael Dowling
Fernbank Science Center
678-874-7102 (Fernbank Reception Desk)
678-874-7158 (Voice mail only)


Saturday sessions are free chances to learn an event and try out some of its skills. These take place at Fernbank Science Center. We usually practice several different events at each session, but you may register to attend only the portion you are interested in. Parents or coaches may register children.

Session 1: Saturday, March 8, 2014 Fernbank Science Center
Bottle Music 1:00 - 1:55 pm (Bring your own bottles!)
Metric Mastery 2:00 - 2:55 pm (Includes Grab-A-Gram.)
Mystery Architecture 3:00 - 3:55 pm (Bring your own pliers.)
Register for Session 1
Session 2: Saturday, March 22 2014
Paddleboat Construction 1:00 - 4:00 pm
(Bring some wood scraps!)
Register for Session 2
Session 3: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Crime Busters A 1:00 - 1:55 pm (Fingerprint session)
Crime Busters B 2:00 - 2:55 pm (Mystery powder session)
Simple Machines 3:00 - 4:00 pm
What Went By? 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Register for Session 3

The Spring Question Session is an opportunity to get answers about any aspect of the tournament and preparing for the events. This is a drop-in event, and no registration is necessary.

Parents and students: Ask about event details and how to get ready.
New coaches: Ask about event scheduling and team management.
Experienced coaches: Ask about new events and the state tournament.

The Session will be in the Media Center at Fernbank Elementary School.

Spring Question Session: Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Fernbank Elementary School, Media Center
3131 Old Rockbridge Road, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
(NOTE: This is the site of the former Avondale Middle School.)

Science Night Out is an educational outreach program offered by Fernbank’s LINKS High School Robotics team in our classrooms at Fernbank Science Center. Student team members offer a fast-paced series of activities on selected Friday evenings while parents are on their own! This is a fundraiser for the team’s robotics expenses, so participation is $15 per child for the evening. Payment and registration are required in advance. You can find Registration information on the dedicated Science Night Out web page:


Students may attend for the entire evening, even if they are not scheduled to compete in some of the events offered at the session. Science Olympiad team members may register NOW for any session. Please indicate “Science Olympiad Participant” on your registration form when you return it to Fernbank Science Center with your payment, and we will waive the 30 day advance limit.

The following Science Night Out evenings feature Science Olympiad event activities:

Friday, January 24, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Bridge Building
Paper Rockets
Straw Egg Drop

Friday, March 7, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Crime Busters
Picture This Reflection
Relay Straw Tower

Friday, April 18, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Can Race
Circuit Wizardry
Water Rockets
Write It / Do It