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Excitement Builds for Colorado Southern Regional Science Olympiad with Over 600 STEM Students Anticipated

Release Date: February 23, 2024

Gena Alfonso

Director of Communications/PIO

Colorado State University Pueblo

(719) 671-0929

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The Colorado Southern Regional Science Olympiad Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, March 2nd. Drawing in over 600 participants from across Colorado, this profound STEM-focused event takes place on the CSU Pueblo Campus. It's a single-day tournament featuring 16 middle school teams and 25 high school teams. With 46 STEM competitions on the agenda, overseen by a collective of 50 STEM faculty, staff, and community professionals, the activities range from crime-solving and forensics to remote sensing and device testing. Spectators are welcome to observe from the Massari Arena, and admission is free for all.

“This is our 9th year of facilitating the Colorado Southern Regional Science Olympiad tournament at CSU Pueblo,” said Abby Davidson, Director of HSI, STEM Grants (CBASE & MAPS). “It is such a great opportunity to bring Colorado middle school and high school students to campus to have a great day competing in STEM. I've had many competitors and their coaches (typically their science teachers) tell me that competing in the Science Olympiad is the highlight of their school year. We've also received accolades from the National Science Olympiad office, which featured our tournament last year in the national brochure. My hope is that the local community considers coming to campus on March 2nd to check out the tournament to see what it is all about. We would love to see more of our local schools take part in the fun, and CSU Pueblo's Division of Extended Studies will sponsor new teams in the community to join next year!”

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the awards ceremony following directly afterward. Those who emerge victorious will progress to the State Tournament held at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. The highest-ranking middle school and high school teams will then proceed to represent the state in the National Tournament. Schools and educators in the area are urged to attend and contemplate establishing a Science Olympiad team for upcoming participants. Support is available from the CSU Pueblo Division of Extended Studies for those interested in forming new teams in Southern Colorado. 

The university has hosted this tournament since 2015. The annual event brings volunteers together every year. The Science Olympiad event is a significant occasion that attracts numerous schools from neighboring Pueblo communities to our campus, and aims to highlight its importance. The goal is to invite the community to explore the Science Olympiad further and inspire local schools to establish teams. Additionally, Extended Studies offers sponsorship opportunities for new teams from Pueblo. 

If you want to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Abby Davidson at To view 2023 video, as well as the 2024 tournament schedule and the campus tournament map.

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