Science Fair News
The Science Olympiad is coming to Chico in 2023!
The Chico Science Fair is excited to partner with the Gateway Science Museum to continue to bring science education to our community. This February we will be hosting a local Science Olympiad in place of our traditional science fair. The Science Olympiad will encourage team collaboration while fostering scientific thought, problem solving and exploration in a hands-on interactive science competition.
Our event will take place in the new science building on the Chico State campus and offer 8 events per each division: A (elementary), B (middle school), and C (high school).
Sacramento will be hosting the Northern California Regional Science Olympiad tournament in March for B and C division teams who would like the full 23 event experience. Registration for this regional event can be found at https://scilympiad.com/sac-so or https://www.soinc.org/. If you are interested in going directly to the regional competition, talk to us about possible assistance.
The 2023 local Science Olympiad will take place on February 25th, 2023.
Click on the Science Olympiad tab above to learn more about:
Reserve your spot by February 3rd, to ensure your place in the Science Olympiad!
To Volunteer for our event, please click on heading above titled "Volunteer" or click the button below to read about the tasks involved and to fill out our volunteer form!
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2021-2022 Science Olympiad Pilot
In April 2021, the Gateway Science Museum was proud to host our first micro Science Olympiad with four 5th grade classes from Chico Unified Schools! Students competed in 2 build events: a toothpick-gumdrop structure designed to hold the greatest load for its size, and a ping pong ball-parachute launched on a bottle rocket designed to stay aloft the longest.
This was followed by a Science Picnic family event open to the public at the Gateway Science Museum the next day. In addition to toothpick gumdrop structures and rocket launched parachutes, participants were engaged in paper-penny structural challenges, deciphering codes, Write It Do It, and microscope skills. Guest speakers gave talks on a fossil shark-cat, astronomy, eco-friendly packaging made from mushrooms and hemp, a proposed wildlife crossing, and dune buggies. AGES (the Chico State Geology Club) led the audience in a round of Science Jeopardy.
These past events were a great success and made us even more excited for our 2023 Science Olympiad! We can't wait for you to join us!