Texas Science Olympiad
State-wide tournament featuring a series of individual and team events for students grades 6-12
Friday-Saturday, April 21-22, 2017
1:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 7, 2016
10 a.m., Thursday, January 05, 2017
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Teams & Coaches
(read this stuff first)
(compete here to qualify for state)
(practice here before regional competitions)
State Tournament Information:
(Texas A&M University, College Station)
- State Tournament Events
- Eligible Teams for State Tournament
- Rules, Forms & Deadlines for State Tournament
- Clarifications for State Tournament Events
- State Schedule - Division B (Middle School)
- State Schedule - Division C (High School)
- State Event Time-Slot Sign Up System- Division B
- State Event Time-Slot Sign Up System - Division C
- State Travel and Accommodations
- State Tournament General Information
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Absolutely NO REFUNDS!
Clarifications for TSO state tournament
All clarifications for events will be posted here by 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
2017 Texas Science Olympiad:
- Is limited to 15 team members
- Unless otherwise stated, it is generally understood that if notes, resources, calculators, actions, etc., are not specifically permitted in the rules or clarification, then they are not allowed.
National Clarifications http://www.soinc.org/official_rules_clarif
All LAB Events — "Visor goggles will NOT be allowed in any lab event." Below is a picture of the goggle that will be allowed (pictured below): indirect vent chemical splash goggles.
Fast Facts (B Division) —
1. Question: There are several categories that need the category name in the answer to be complete (ex. if the category is Acids, "sulfuric acid" is a complete answer while "sulfuric" alone is not complete). In those cases, can the name of the category be included in the answer?
Rule 3E states that "Names of the categories must not be used in the answer." Our interpretation is that the name cannot be used anywhere in the answer. For instance, if the category were ACIDS, a correct answer would be “Sulfuric”, while an incorrect answer would be “Sulfuric Acid”
2. Question: If a category is general, such as "Tree", could a student answer with parts of a tree, as well as names of tree species?
In this case, parts of a tree would be appropriate. Therefore, if the category was “Tree”, a correct answer would be “Branch”. However, it is unlikely that a category will be that vaguely specified. It is more likely that the category name would be more specific, such “Tree Species”.
Rocks & Minerals (B & C Division) — The event parameters specifically state that each team may bring a magnifying glass and one 3-ring binder (any size) containing pages of information in any form from any source. This will be interpreted to mean, NO loose field guides of any type. If a team wishes to copy the field guide (sometimes copyrights prohibit this), and put it in a 3-ring binder, that would fit the rules.
Texas Wildflowers (B Division) — rules update on 11-14-2016 with a new taxa list - download here.