Missouri Science Olympiad Policies

The information listed below pertains to operations of the Missouri Science Olympiad and it regulations governing participation. This page is for informational purposes and any policies requiring signatures will be provided to teams prior to competition.

Missouri Science Olympiad allows the use of alternates on a team. The team may carry 2 alternates with them to the State Competition. Once a final registration sheet has been turned in, that is considered the official competing team for the tournament. Any remaining team members are considered alternates and can participate in trial events only.

Substitutions can be made to the Final Registration sheet by going to the scoring room before the tournament has started and bringing the alternate and the team member changing status. Wristbands will then be placed on the new team member and removed from the old team member. In the event that a team member doesn’t show for the tournament before the tournament begins, an alternate can be brought to the scoring room to be inserted into the final registration sheet and will be given a wristband for competition.

Schools participating in the B and C Division State Science Olympiad Tournament must submit a copy of the Cheating Policy signed by both the coach and principal of the school. The signed statement is to be submitted with the Invitation Acceptance for the State Tournament. No school will compete without the signed policy.

  1. An individual who cheats during the competition will be penalized by disqualification of the team from that event. Disqualification results in a score that is three points greater than the number of teams registered for the state competition.

  2. If cheating occurs by a team in more than one event, or in successive years, the team may be disqualified that year, or the following year, from the entire competition.

  3. If an event team, or team member, or anyone associated with the team, deliberately takes an action that impairs the ability of other teams to fairly compete, that team will be disqualified from the event and be awarded three points greater that the number of teams registered in the tournament. In addition, the event team member(s) involved in the incident may be ineligible for any future Science Olympiad competitions. Furthermore, the teams may be penalized points not to exceed the value of two last place rankings.

Persons will read and understand the Missouri State Science Olympiad policy on acceptable behavior including the prohibition of vandalism and discourtesy. Persons will have discussed this with the team members, and will accept the consequences of violation of the policy as assessed by the Missouri State Science Olympiad officials.

In accordance with the rules and ethics of Science Olympiad, the underlying principles and intent of the Science Olympiad establish a mandated student performance. Any project, device or assembly is to be constructed by a student or team of students. The Rules and Code of Ethics of the Science Olympiad declares "One or more of a 15-member team must have constructed all pre-built devices presented for judging." The process of design and resultant product is the students’ responsibility. All components must be made by the student or, if permissible, by the event rules, available by purchase. Students will assemble the device.

Safety shall be of paramount importance. Students will be encouraged to use tools and technology within their age-related safety range. Certain tools and methods may be hazardous and beyond the abilities of various age groups. Specific tools may include power drills and saws, wood or metal lathes, welding equipment, milling machines or metal casting equipment. The use of chemicals should also follow age-appropriate use rules.

Adults may act as facilitators in the building process by asking questions, offering ideas or suggestions and providing references. The adult assistance may include teaching underlying principles, skills, use of tools and adherence to safety rules. No component of the project shall be constructed or assembled by an adult. The student must prepare the entire structure, including accompanying charts, graphs or notes.

However, Science Olympiad endorses adult mentoring of teams and realizes that adults do instruct students on proper techniques on the use of tools. Providing an adult does not interfere with, alter, build or compromise the student or group design, adults may assist by performing restricted tasks not available to a student (such as drilling a hole in a metal plate or operating a power saw). This type of limited help does not compromise the integrity of a student-built device.

Tournament officials must rely on the integrity of principals, coaches, students and parents involved in Science Olympiad. Astute and professional Event Supervisors will be able to evaluate student compliance as such:

  • Event Supervisors may extensively question the lead student as to the design and construction of the device. Questioning may include the overall design and construction as well as the component parts and how they operate and function within the device. Other students on the device team may also be questioned.
  • Each team coach and administrator will be required to certify that all work presented for the tournament complies with the building and use of tools recommendations above.

  • If the students on the device team cannot answer the questions correctly and/or the coach cannot verify that the device was student-built, then the Event Supervisors have grounds to believe the students did not design and build the device. The team will be disqualified from the event and scored accordingly.

    A signed statement is to be submitted at the time of the team’s acceptance of the invitation to participate in the state tournament. No team shall compete without this signed policy.

    Schools participating in the B and C Division State Science Olympiad Tournament must submit a copy of the Interference Policy signed by both the coach and principal of the school. A signed statement is to be submitted at the time of the team’s acceptance of the invitation to participate in the state tournament. No team shall compete without this signed policy Penalty points may be assessed for the following:

    1. For a student, coach, teacher, chaperon or parent entering a building or area where events are set up for the competition or are being held, without proper authorization to do so, five (5) penalty points may be assessed.

      • Only those students actually competing in an event and those teachers who may be assigned to assist in the conducting of an event may enter areas where events are held. All other persons are to remain out of the building or the area at all times.


    2. For a student, coach, teacher, chaperon or parent interfering with or disrupting the conduct of an event, the event team will be immediately disqualified and the team will be assessed disqualification points based on the level of tournament.

    Note this policy applies to any person in attendance at the Olympiad. Persons shall have read and understand the Missouri State Science Olympiad policy on acceptable behavior including the prohibition of vandalism and discourtesy, and persons shall have discussed this with the team members, and will accept the consequences of violation of the policy as assessed by the Missouri State Science Olympiad officials.

    Schools participating in a B or C Division Regional Science Olympiad Tournament must submit a copy of the Vandalism Policy signed by both the coach and principal of the school. A signed statement is to be submitted at the time of the team’s acceptance of the invitation to participate in the state tournament. No school shall be allowed to compete without the signed policy.

    1. If a team member or members or persons associated with a team commit(s) an act of vandalism, the team will be disqualified from the competition and will receive no points. No member of that team will be awarded a medal in any event. An individual who commits an act of vandalism may be barred from future competitions.

    2. Each sponsoring school must agree to pay the cost of repairing damage from any act of vandalism. A school must pay this restitution, and obtain permission to compete again before it can register a team for the Science Olympiad in a subsequent year.

    3. Vandalism means a deliberate action which results in damage to property. This includes, but is not limited to, graffiti, damage to facility property and damage to the personal property of competitors, judges and spectators.

    Persons shall have read and understand the Missouri Regional Science Olympiad policy on acceptable behavior including the prohibition of vandalism and discourtesy, and persons shall have discussed this with the team members, and will accept the consequences of violation of the policy as assessed by the Missouri Regional Science Olympiad officials.