Rock Valley College

RVC to host 35th annual Science Olympiad

Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516

Event Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019

Event Contact: Elizabeth Russo, 815-921-3477

For 35 years now, the Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to 7,400 teams in 50 states. Science Olympiad's ever-changing line-up of events in all STEM disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices and energizes classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience.

Rock Valley College will host a Science Olympiad Regional Competition for over 500 middle and high school students on Saturday, March 23, 2019.  The event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the RVC main campus (3301 N. Mulford Rd.) with an awards ceremony at 4:00 p.m.  Students will be competing in events such as; Experimental Design, Thermodynamics, Forensics, Disease Detectives and many more.

The top students in each event will receive medals, while the top high school teams and top middle school teams will advance to the state tournament at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana on Saturday, April 13, 2019.  Then the top two teams from Illinois will advance to the national competition held on May 18 at Colorado State University.

The following schools (Rockford and Elgin regions) are scheduled to compete in this year's Science Olympiad:

Middle Schools: Durand Junior High School, Eisenhower Middle School, Harlem Middle School, Marshall Middle School, Rockford Christian Middle School, Rockford Lutheran Middle School, Roscoe Middle School, Winnebago Middle School, Keith Country Day School, Larsen M.S,., Eastview M.S. Canton M.S., Abbott M.S., and Ellis M.S.

High Schools: Auburn High School, South Beloit High School, Belvidere High School, Belvidere North High School, Boylan Catholic High School, Durand High School, Guilford High School, Harlem High School, , Rockford Christian High School, Rockford Iqra High School, Streamwood High School, Bartlett High School and South Elgin High School.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Russo, RVC Professor of Life Science, at or (815) 921-3477.