Greene SciOly Club

Greene SciOly (Science Olympiad) is a competition-based STEM club run at Greene Middle School by members of Paly’s award-winning SciOly Club. In 2022-23, we had 3 teams of 15 students preparing for competitions across 23 events in the Santa Clara Regional Science Olympiad in March. Another 3 teams of 5 prepared for competition in the California South/West Bay Area Regional Middle School Science Bowl in February. In April 2023, Greene came in 5th at the Northern California State Finals for Science Olympiad. 

Who Should Join?

Self-motivated students who love science, work well with others, and are willing to put in extra time to learn and work with team members after school.  Best suited for students who thrive on competition.

Is there a Placement Test/Tryouts?

Yes, prospective and returning club members will be tested in September for current science and engineering skills as well as potential to learn.  Test results will be used for event and team placement. Please refer to the tryouts tab for more information.

What's Science Olympiad?

Science Olympiad (aka SciOly) is a team-based STEM competition where teams of 15 students compete with other teams across 23 events listed below.  There are usually 2 students per event, and each student participates in 3-4 events.

Science Olympiad 2024 Events

How are SciOly Tournaments scored?

Event scores are ranked by team, then scores from each event are added to get the team score, less is better.  Usually top five event teams are given medals and top 3 teams are awarded trophies.  Top 4 schools in the Santa Clara Regional Science Olympiad get to compete in the Northern California State Science Olympiad in mid-April.

Scores for the 2023 Santa Clara Regional Science Olympiad can be found here.

Tournament Schedule

In-person tournaments are full day events where all 15 team members attend but compete at different times, capped by an awards ceremony.  Virtual tournaments, introduced during COVID, vary from a single day to several afternoons over a week.

Parent Volunteers

Paly student-mentors are great because many have been through the middle school experience. However, they're also get busy preparing for their own events before tournaments. Parent volunteers help pick up the slack when Paly students aren't available. Help is needed in the following areas:

What's Science Bowl?

Science Bowl is a fast-paced competition where 5-person teams face-off against each other answering short questions in physical science, life science, math, energy, and earth and space science.  

A full description and history can be found here, and an example competition can be seen below:

What was the Club Time Commitment in 2021-2022?

Science Olympiad

Science Bowl