We are pleased to announce that the fifth annual MIT Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019, on the campus of MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Registration will open in mid-September. You can visit us at scioly.mit.edu to get up to date information on our tournament and sign up for our mailing list to get more information.
All of the team-friendly and coach-friendly features of the 2018 tournament will be back in full force. We'll run all 23 Division C national events, including lab and engineering events, with a schedule mirroring the National Tournament schedule as closely as possible. All events will be written, reviewed, and run by Science Olympiad alumni currently at MIT, national tournament event supervisors, and/or former Science Olympiad competitors from the highest levels of competition. This means that coaches will not be required to write tests or otherwise volunteer at the invitational, leaving them free to focus solely on coaching their own teams. And, of course, competitors will experience the beauty and craziness of MIT.
We are incredibly proud that the 2018 MIT Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament attracted teams from across the United States. Seven of the top fifteen teams at this year’s National Tournament attended our invitational. We are also proud to have hosted a bevy of new and up-and-coming teams for whom the MIT invitational was one of their first invitationals, giving them a rare chance to field-test their teamwork and skills in advance of their respective state tournaments. As always, we will strive to make every event challenging yet accessible to all.
Early on, the founders of Science Olympiad at MIT decided that the directorship of the MIT tournament would change each year to encourage fresh thinking and ensure the sustainability of the organization. As we say goodbye and good luck to Katie Shade (class of 2018) in her future endeavors, we are also excited to announce that Alice Lin (2020) will be joining Joshua Segaran (2019) as co-director for this year’s tournament.
The goal of Science Olympiad at MIT remains to enrich the Science Olympiad experience of high school students across the country. To that end, we hope to see you all at the tournament in January!