Frequently Asked Questions


When will registration open?

Registration for the 2020 invitational opened on Thursday, September 26th at 3 pm Eastern Time. Registration has since closed. If you would like to join our waitlist for the 2020 invitational, please contact us at pennscienceolympiad@gmail.com with the following information: school name, the number of teams to register (maximum of 2), coach's name, and coach's email address.

Will teams be allowed to write on tests?

Based on competitor feedback from last year, we will allow writing on tests for specific events on a case by case basis. If you have concerns about a specific event, please contact us at pennscienceolympiad@gmail.com.

What is the registration fee?

The registration fee is $70 per team. Philadelphia school district schools have their registration fees waived.

Will coaches be responsible for writing tests?

All tests will be written, reviewed, and proctored by Science Olympiad alumni.

Where can I find all of the necessary tournament information?

Our official information document is located on the “Tournament Information” page under the “Tournament” tab.

When will the information document be released?

Our unofficial information document will be released sometime in November. Revised versions will appear periodically and will be posted about under the “Updates” tab.

Where is my event room?

You can find information about event rooms in our information document.

Where can I find the forms that my students need to sign?

They are also located on the “Tournament Information” page under the “Tournament” tab.

Where do I go in the morning?

You should arrive in your team bus along 33rd street outside of Franklin Field next to the flag (209 South 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104). Upon arrival, volunteers will help unload buses and guides will direct each team to their respective home base. Each team will register at the desk of the building with their team room. Please be sure to pick up an information package, wristbands for your participants, and t-shirts, if your team ordered them, before leaving.

When should I arrive in the morning?

Registration will occur from 7:00 - 7:50 am. We cannot guarantee we can take you to your event room before 7:00, since the building may not be open yet.

When will the tournament end?

Competitors should be expected to be finished with testing around 3 PM. We are currently targeting a start time of 5 PM for our awards ceremony.

Can I park my bus on campus?

Yes! We have arranged for subsidized parking for buses again this year. More details will be available in the following months.