Guest Speakers          Guidelines/Seating         Parade of States

tournament Scoring

Results are available at: https://www.soinc.org/2016_national_tournament

tournament photos

Please find information about photos (team stage photos available in about a week) at:


and, there are also photo galleries on Facebook

Awards Ceremony-Edited Version

watch LIvESTREAM of the 2016 awards ceremony

Opening Ceremony-Edited Version

watch LIvESTREAM of the 2016 opening ceremony



Trial Events Award Ceremony

Aurora Stage
3:00pm, Friday, MAy 20th


TEAM Picnic
4-6:00 pm, Friday, MAy 20th

Memorial Student Center and Aurora Stage
GET Tickets for Picnic

Live band on the Aurora Stage by the Cutaways!


opening CeremonY
johnson Fieldhouse
6:30-8:30 pm, FRiday, MAy 20th

Live Stream Link


Swap Meet
8:30 pm-10:00pm, Friday, MAy 20th

Multi-Purpose Room*


Team Banquet
4:30-6:30 pm, Saturday, MAy 21st

Memorial Student Center/Price Commons
Get Tickets for banquet


AWard CeremonY
7:00-9:00 pm, Saturday, MAy 21st
Johnson Fieldhouse

Live Stream link



Hannah Herbst

Hannah Herbst, a 15 year-old from Boca Raton, Florida, won the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. She is currently in 9th grade at Florida Atlantic University High School where she competes on the Science Olympiad team. Herbst created an energy probe prototype that seeks to offer a stable power source to developing countries by using untapped energy from ocean currents. This innovation was inspired by Hannah’s desire to help her nine-year-old pen pal living in Ethiopia who lacks a reliable source of power and electricity.

Most recently, Hannah won first place and best of fair in the Palm Beach Regional Science and Engineering Fair, and has also received honors form the Office of Naval Research, Florida Science Teachers Association (FAST), the Society of Women Engineers, and more. Joining her is her 3M Scientist Mentor, Jeff Emslander, a Senior Scientist in the 3M Corporate Research Process Lab.

Teresa Mogensen

Teresa Mogensen is senior vice president, Transmission at Xcel Energy and is responsible for all aspects of Xcel Energy's current and future electric transmission system and T&D substations across 10 states. She is president of the Xcel Energy Transco, several transmission-only subsidiary companies engaged in competitive transmission growth opportunities. Mogensen serves on a number of industry and community boards of directors, including the Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO), one of the North American Electric ReliabilityCorporation (NERC) regional entities, and the Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. She began her career as an engineer with Wisconsin Electric, now We Energies, of Milwaukee, Wis. Mogensen earned both a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University. She is a registered professional engineer and prior certified NERC system operator.

Mike Randall and the Physics of Plasma

Mike Randall is the Senior Outreach Coordinator for The Wonders of Physics program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Physics Department. He is PASSIONATE about encouraging people – especially kids – to explore their world, with the goal of inspiring the next Einstein.

So, what are plasmas?  The Aurora Borealis is a great example! The Physics of Plasma showwill bring to life the amazing properties of plasmas to the participants of the 2016 Science Olympiad National Tournamen. Mike will show what they are, where they can be found, and what we can do with them.  Audience members will be entertained and amazed by fun, fast-paced demonstrations of various plasma devices, including: plasma globes, Van de Graaff generator, Jacobs ladder, Tesla coil, and three musical Tesla coils.




·      Opening Ceremony: Casual/team spirited apparel is encouraged along with appropriate and energized behavior.

·      Awards Ceremony: Business Attire is expected along with appropriate and professional behavior.


·      Assigned seating will be available for one coach and 15 team members. There will be a separate seating area for additional coaches, alternates and some spectators. See Seating Chart

·      An on-site livestream in the upper level of the Memorial Student Center will be made available in the event the Johnson Fieldhouse fills up.

·      Teams will have the same seating assignments for the opening and awards ceremony. Click below to check your team seating assignment.

o   Opening Ceremony

o   Award Ceremony



·      Teams should come prepared with their banner made prior to arriving on campus.

·      Select a maximum of 4 participants for the Parade of States.

·      Teams can represent their state and school by carrying a state flag and/or a school flag/banner. Many teams “dress up” to represent their state: “cheeseheads” from Wisconsin, “cowboys” from Texas, etc.

·      The banners and all materials MUST be no more than 8 feet wide.

·      The following are explicitly prohibited:

o   Throwing items into audience (confetti, glitter, party poppers, silly string)

§  If you choose to use glitter on your banner use a spray glitter that adheres to the banner

o   Any explosively charged device

o   Any item that could be propelled into the audience

o   Any activity deemed to be dangerous or unsafe


·      Please remember appropriate behavior and decorum in this ceremony.  Don’t let the energy of the event lead to poor choices during the parade of states.


·      Spirit Award

                         o   Teams will be judged on enthusiasm, effort and representation of state
                         o   Winner will be announced at the awards ceremony



·      Members participating in the Parade of States should arrive Friday at 5:30 pm in the Multi-Purpose, Room 50.

·      Bring all supplies and materials with you for the parade.

·      Each team will have a designated table which coincides to the order for the Parade of States.

·      Volunteers and staff members will be facilitating the directions for the Parade of States. 

·      During the Parade of States,  

o   Team will stay in the designated order.

o   Teams will follow a queue to enter the southeast doors to the Johnson Fieldhouse.

o   Teams continue in the queue onto and across stage

o   Teams then exit the opposite doors in the Johnson Fieldhouse and report back to the Multi-Purpose Room to drop off their materials at their designated table for the Swap Meet.

o   Teams will then be instructed to head back to the Johnson Fieldhouse where ushers will assist team members in finding their assigned seats.