DeKalb Elementary Science Olympiad

DeKalb Elementary
Science Olympiad (DESO)

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.   

Date and Location

2024 DeKalb Elementary Science Olympiad
Druid Hills Middle School
Saturday, March 23, 2024
8 am - 12:30 pm


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. To indicate interest, use the following link: 
Link to the "I am Interested!" Form >>


WED 10-11-2023 Coaches Q&A (Virtual on MS Teams at 3 PM)
Coaches KICKOFF Meeting >> 


WED 11-01-2023 Registration deadline for participation
TUE 11-07-2023 Material Distribution (In person on PD Day)
THU 11-09-2023 Material Distribution (In person, 2nd chance)


We have 27 events for 2024. (Same events and rules as last year.) Some events feature “Georgia Special” rules that deviate from those in the official printed manual. Use only the events descriptions we will provide in our 2024 Event Packet. This has to be delivered to you in hard copy after you register.

2024 Event List (Varsity and JV teams) >>

2024 Event List (New & Small teams) >>


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.

DESO 2024 Practice Tips and Event Clarifications >>


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


156 Heaton Park Drive
Atlanta, GA 30307

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