Science Olympiad

DeKalb Elementary Science Olympiad

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The DeKalb Elementary Science Olympiad (DESO) is an excellent activity for kids who like science. Students in grades 3-5 challenge themselves to complete a variety of science activities involving tests of knowledge and measurement skills. The day begins with a parade, and winners get medals. Our tournament is a Regional Qualifier – top teams will advance to STATE!

DeKalb County has an outstanding group of Science Olympiad teams and one of the largest programs in the state. We want your school to participate, and this webpage provides information and support for coaches, parents, and participants.

We Invite you to join us!

Click on the video to view our DESO 2023 Invitation video .

2023 DeKalb Elementary Science Olympiad
Druid Hills Middle School
Saturday, March 25, 2023
8 am -12:30 pm

FRI 10-07-2022 Q&A Session for new DCSD teams (Virtual)
TUE 11-01-2022 Registration deadline for participation
TUE 11-08-2022 Coaches Meeting and Material Distribution (In person)
THU 11-10-2022 Coaches Meeting and Material Distribution (2nd opportunity)

EVENTS: We have 27 events for 2023, several either brand new or with new rules. Some vary from the official manual, so coaches and participants should only use the event descriptions that we will provide in our 2023 Event Packet available at either of our November Coaches Meetings.

PRACTICE and HELP: Fernbank Science Center produces Practice Tip Sheets for some events (see link below) and hosts several free Practice Sessions for others. At the Practice Sessions, students can learn about event details or get some assistance making competition items. Sessions are limited to registered teams and distribute all information about these through your team’s Head Coach. Practice Sessions take place at Fernbank Science Center on selected Saturdays during February and March. At least one adult (either a teacher or parent) must accompany team members.

PARTICIPATION and REGISTRATION: This event is open to elementary students attending school in DeKalb County, GA. All students must participate as a member of a team, typically school-based. Registration is required for all teams. DeKalb County public schools receive priority, participate free of charge, and may bring two separate teams (up to 40 students total, depending on competition category). As space allows, private or home school groups may participate for a $30 registration fee. Contact the Olympiad Director directly to see if slots are available.

Michael Dowling
Director, DeKalb Elementary Science Olympiad
Fernbank Science Center
678-874-7102 (Fernbank Reception Desk)
678-874-7158 (Voice mail only)