Supporting Excellent Science Teaching for Georgia

We are excited to announce that the Georgia Elementary Science Olympiad will continue this year with a reimagined virtual flare.  Expedition ESO will launch this fall.  Teams will be able to complete monthly missions that challenge them to expand their understanding and knowledge of various events.  Expedition ESO will look and feel a little different, but the end goal of engaging students in Science & STEM remains at the heart of our event.  

Expedition ESO will feature traditional events. What we will be asking students to do may look and feel a little different.  Events have been adapted to better align with our current reality of remote learning, social distancing and limited opportunities for face to face gatherings. We encourage teams to adhere to the guidelines established by their districts.  In order to support students across the state, we have designed an event that can take place completely virtually.  Teams will complete missions to earn event badges.  The more students who complete the missions, the more badges earned for that team!  Students have the opportunity to earn 10 different badges this year! 

Event details and more information available once registered.

           ESO Events for 2020-2021            

Registration Information 

Teams who register to participate in our Expedition ESO event this year will gain access to our online virtual game board.  Through this portal, they will be able to access all events and missions.  There will be no cost to register and participate this year.  

See a mock up of our Game Board below.   

Click Here to see a list of Expedition ESO Frequently Asked Questions. 

Please note: Our new format is enrichment based, not competition based.  We have adjusted our format to ensure the safety of our students and coaches during this pandemic.  We will NOT be hosting a State Science Olympiad Competition in 2021.  We will explore returning to our traditional ESO format for the 2021-2022 season. 

Read below to learn more about our traditional ESO experience

What is the GA Elementary Science Olympiad? 

Elementary Science Olympiad provides students engaging learning opportunities in STEM in a variety of ways.  ESO may be used for classroom instruction, Science Days/Nights, Inter-grade level competition (such as a Science Field Day) and as a Competition.  Each state/event organizer determines whether to offer ESO competitions.  Georgia hosts one of the largest ESO competitions with 65 teams each May at Kennesaw State University. 

State Competition Qualification for  GA ESO:  Affiliated ESO competitions will again be given an allotment of team slots for the state ESO competition.  Only 1 team per school/organization may advance to the state competition even if a school/organization competes with multiple teams an affiliated qualifying ESO competition.  This models the structure for middle and high school GASO.  

What defines a TEAM for ESO competition?  
The ESO state competition advisory board has defined a TEAM for ESO competition as:

Teams my be composed of up to 20 3rd-6th grade students.  Each team may have up to eight 5th grade students or up to six 6th grade students, with no more than 8 total 5th and 6th grade students.  

Event Rule Books:  These may be purchased from the Science Olympiad Store for a cost of $20 plus shipping.

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