Elementary/Middle School Science Olympiad Program (EMSSOP)

What is a Science Olympiad?

A Science Olympiad consists of different hands-on events where students take an active role in exploring science topics related to the school’s science curriculum. The events can be scheduled to occur as half-day up to three-day competitions.

The program helps students of all abilities succeed in science by making science fun and exciting. It is designed for students in grades 4 through 7; however, it can be adapted to include lower grade levels.

Each event, either competitive or non-competitive in design, meets the current National Science Standards, as well as the Science Standards set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

What is EMSSOP?

The purpose of the Elementary/ Middle School Science Olympiad Program (EMSSOP) is to excite, inspire, challenge, and foster the fun side of science for all elementary students of all abilities.

The EMSSOP provides information, manuals, training, and grant money for teachers and administrators to promote Science Olympiad programs in their schools or districts.


The Elementary/Middle School Science Olympiad Program grant is available to provide seed money to help elementary and middle schools develop and implement an inclusive science olympiad program within their school.

Grants up to $2,500 per school will be awarded for equipment and materials related to the Olympiad. Grants are issued on a first come, first served basis.

First – time applicants will receive first consideration for grant money. Previous grant recipient applications will be reviewed and awarded grant money based on prior grants awarded and budget allowances.

Grant Details

Grant amounts will be awarded based on:

  • Number of students who participate
  • Types of equipment and materials needed
  • Number of days devoted to Olympiad activities

Grant money will NOT be awarded for standard school supplies (e.g., tape, paper clips, paper), grocery items, awards (e.g. trophies or medals), fee-based guest speakers, lab coats, storage tubs, t-shirts, AV, or computer equipment.

We are no longer accepting applications. Please check back in September.