No, neither the Mini nor Satellite tournament take place in a single, centralized location. Mini takes place from home, and Satellite takes place at your school under the supervision of your team's coach.
Yes, we'd love for you to compete in both tournaments! To compete in both tournaments, your team will need to register for both tournaments.
We are bringing our best effort to both tournaments, so you can’t go wrong with either tournament! There are two major differences: the tournament format and the date. You can find official details about tournament formats here — Satellite requires your team to compete in person at school, while in Mini (mini SO), competitors compete at home. If you are unable to use your school facilities for Science Olympiad for any reason, then your only option is compete in our Mini Tournament.
Otherwise, you should consider the different dates. The Mini Tournament is in mid-December, before the regular tournament season, so if your team wants to start practice competing early on, it is a great choice. However, it also might be near the end of the academic term for many schools. Our Satellite Tournament is in mid-February, and depending on your home state, might be closer to Regional or State competitions making it good practice for those tournaments.
If all these factors are balanced, the event slates are slightly different. Notably, our Satellite Tournament includes six computer science events per division as part of a Computer Science Initiative. We’d love for you to get the chance to compete in these events if you don’t have the opportunity to do so elsewhere!
Schools may send a maximum of 4 teams per division to each of our tournaments.
Any team registered with a state Science Olympiad organization may register for our tournaments. You do not need an invitation. Registration details can be found here.
Teams will not need to write or grade any tests, proctor any build events, or provide any aid to the tournament staff. We will take care of everything so that your team can concentrate entirely on the competition.
While we’re working hard to make the Opening and Awards Ceremonies exciting and would love to have your attendance, you are not required to attend.
We are not following the National Tournament schedule. You can compete in any event at any time while the tournament is in progress. For the Satellite Tournament, you can only compete in events while you are at your school under the supervision of your team’s coach.
For both divisions, custom medals will be awarded to the top 15 teams in each event, and trophies will be awarded to the top 15 schools. Certificates will be awarded to the top 30 teams in each event, and participation certificates will be awarded to all students. If the team limit increases, more medals and trophies will be given out.
Yes! All tests will be returned in Scilympiad, where students may review their responses and points earned. For our Mini Tournament, they will be released on January 6, 2022, at 5:00 PM Pacific Time. For our Satellite Tournament, they will be released on February 29, 2022, also at 5:00 PM Pacific Time.
You can find our event slates for Satellite here and for Mini here. For many of these events, rules are available in the official Rules Manual available at soinc.org/2022-rules-b and soinc.org/2022-rules-c. Not all of our trial events can be found in the official Rules Manual—for these events, please see the pages for our Mini and Satellite tournaments. Because our tournaments are not in-person, some events will have changes to how the rules are followed. You can find these in our Events and Modifications documents also on those pages.
We will not be shipping out materials for any events. Because of the tournament format, parts of some events may not be able to run or will need to be modified. You can find event-specific details about this at this on the webpages for each tournament: Mini and Satellite.
For our Satellite Tournament, no online cheatsheets or binders are permitted. For our Mini Tournament, whether online cheatsheets or binders are permitted is event specific—please see our Event Modifcations document, linked on the webpages for our Mini and Satellite tournaments.
Unless otherwise stated in the Events Modifcations documents (Mini and Satellite) or explicitly allowed by the Event Supervisor, you must stay in the Scilympiad testing tab at all times during the event.
No. Even if you and your partner reside in the same location, not all partners have the option to do so. Participants may use any method of online communication such as video call, voice chat or the built-in Scilympiad chat.
You must be competing at your school under the supervision of your team’s coach.
You may compete in any way that suits your schedule during the date range for each tournament, whether that be a single day, multiple days, or the whole range.
Competitors are expected to follow all tournament policies (including our Academic Honesty Policy) and not to engage in behaviors that would confer an unfair advantage over other competing teams. We will monitor anomalies in event submissions as well as out-of-browser time tracked by the Scilympiad test-taking platform. We understand the technical difficulties that are associated with a virtual tournament, so we will investigate each incident thoroughly and include coaches in the process to make sure no team is unfairly penalized.