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Tarleton Regional Science Olympiad
Since 2004 Tarleton State University has proudly hosted Texas public and private middle school and high school teams at the Tarleton Regional Science Olympiad on its Stephenville, Texas campus. It's rigorous events and highly competitive environment prepare its advancing teams to be among the best at the Texas Science Olympiad (TSO) tournament at Texas A&M in College Station each spring.

Over the years we've seen what an important role Science Olympiad can play in improving science education in Texas and the nation with its hands-on minds-on approach. Learn more or register a team.
The Science Olympiad Mission
To improve the quality of K-12 science education throughout the nation

1. To create a passion for learning science by supporting elementary and secondary Science Olympiad tournaments at building, district, county, state and national levels with an emphasis on teamwork and a commitment to excellence.

2. To improve the quality of K-12 science education throughout the nation to change the way science is perceived and the way it is taught (with an emphasis on problem solving skills and hand-on, minds-on constructivist learning practices). This goal as accomplished through in-depth core curriculum training workshops and the distribution of curriculum materials to thousand of teachers.

3. To celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievement of both students and teachers in the areas of science and technology by awarding thousand of certificates, medals and scholarships.

4. To promote partnerships among community, businesses, industry, government and education. There are over 45,000 volunteers representing these groups at the Science Olympiad events.

5. To improve and restructure the way science is taught and learned by conducting staff development and curriculum development workshops.


1. To bring science to life, to show how science works, to emphasize problem solving aspects of science and the understanding of science concepts.

2. To develop teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students.

3. To make science education more exciting so more students will enroll in science courses and engage in other science activities like science reading, fairs, meetings and field trips.

4. To promote high levels of achievement and a commitment to excellence, to demonstrate that American students can perform at levels that surpass expectations of even practicing scientists and engineers.

5. To attract more students particularly females and minorities to professional and technical careers in science, technology and science teaching.