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Photograph of Corvallis Middle School students at the Montana Science Olympiad

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

February 2, 2016

Apply to be a part of Springtime in the Rockies this April 22-23!
Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake
The Montana Learning Center has teamed up with Boeing, SAE International, and Rocky Mountain AWIM Initiative to bring you a unique opportunity to be on the forefront of K-8 STEM education right here in Montana! Come and learn about engaging hands-on curriculum that will excite you and your students about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Springtime in the Rockies also includes a behind-the-scenes tour of Boeing-Helena.
Teachers who participate in Springtime in the Rockies will receive 18 Montana Office of Public Instruction renewal units and a complimentary A World in Motion classroom kit of their choice! Room and board is also provided free of charge for participants at the Montana Learning Center.
Space is limited to only 25 participating K-8 STEM teacher leaders who teach in the formal classroom setting in Montana, so apply today! Applications are due March 4th. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance shortly after the application deadline.
For more information and registration, please visit:

Any questions regarding this opportunity should be directed to
The STEM in the Rockies conference is proudly designed and delivered by fellow Montana teachers. Funding for this opportunity is provided by Boeing, SAE International, Rocky Mountain AWIM Initiative, and the Montana Learning Center.

November 24, 2015                                                                                            

Fergus High School Team

Fergus High School Science Olympiad Team

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 MTSO's Tips from Inside the 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