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The Montana Science Olympiad (MTSO) is devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. The Science Math Resource Center (SMRC) at Montana State University in Bozeman hosts the annual Montana Science Olympiad in conjunction with the national Science Olympiad.

Science Olympiad goals are accomplished through the dedication of Montana science teachers and parents who organize classroom activities, research, and after school training clubs. The main focus of the competition is to elevate science education and learning to a level of enthusiasm and support that is normally reserved only for varsity sports programs.

Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic inter-scholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events. In grades 6-12, a Science Olympiad team functions much like a football or soccer team -- requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and practice throughout the year. Other competitions follow the format of popular board games and TV shows. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between various disciplines: biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computer science and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills and science.

MTSO Updates

October 10, 2016

Registration to participate in this year's Montana Science Olympiad closes this Friday October 14, 2016.

Part of the fun of arriving in Bozeman the day before the Science Olympiad is attending the evening activities.  Museum of the Rockies STEM Fun Night is free for registered coaches & team members.  Others (parents, grandparents, siblings, etc.) wishing to attend pay a fee. Registration is required for everyone, including coaches and team members, who plan to attend. Details can be found on the registration site at

August 31, 2016

Registration is now open for Coaches, Event Captains and Volunteers!  Registration closes for coaches and volunteers on Friday October 14, 2016.

August 16, 2016

Final list of events for the Montana Science Olympiad is now available here.  Registration will be open in the next week or two.

June 1, 2016

We have a new email address.  We will continue to check the gmail account, but please use now.

The 2017 Montana Science Olympiad will be held on Tuesday November 22, 2016.  We are calling it the 2017 MTSO to be consistent with the year shown on the event rules, since the state competition leads into the National Science Olympiad tournament in May 2017.  This means there will be no 2016 MTSO, but don't worry, you didn't miss one!

The Tentative Events for the 2017 Montana Science Olympiad are available  here, pending final notification by National Science Olympiad and recruitment of Event Captains. The events will be finalized by August 31, 2016.

November 24, 2015                                                                                            


Congratulations to the winning teams!
Division B
First: Corvallis Middle School
Second: Clancy School
Third: Big Sandy Junior High
Small School Winner: Roosevelt Middle School
Division C
First: Hamilton High School
Second: Helena High School
Third: Billings Central Catholic High School
Small School Winner: North Toole County High School

October 16, 2015

MTSO staff presented Tips from Inside the Montana Science Olympiad at the MEA-MFT Educators' Conference on October 16, 2015 in Billings, MT.

June 11, 2015

Congratulations to the Fergus High School Team for their outstanding achievement: 3rd place in the 2015 Wright Stuff National Science Olympiad competition event. MTSO is very proud of the Fergus Team achievement.

Questions? Email MTSO

The MSU Science Math Resource Center will be looking to hire someone to organize, coordinate and manage the Montana Science Olympiad.  The position will provide full-time work (1.0 FTE) from August 1 – November 30. Interested individuals are invited to contact Michelle Akin, SMRC Assistant Director,