The A.W. Coolidge Science Olympiad Team won first place in the Massachusetts Middle School Science Olympiad State Competition at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. This is the 25th year they have earned the honor of representing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the National Science Olympiad Competition, which will take place at Colorado State in Ft. Collins, CO on May 18-19, 2018. 

Congratulations to our students, and thank you to our amazing community for your continued support and encouragement!

 ** Yard Sale Scheduled for May 5th, 2018 **

Please join us for our yearly yard sale, which this year will take place on May 5th. Help us raise the funds we need to take the team to the national tournament! Visit www.CoolidgeYardSale.org for more information.

Team History

The Coolidge School Science Olympiad program at the A.W. Coolidge Middle School in Reading, Massachusetts is comprised of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who compete in the Science Olympiad program. This year the Coolidge team completed against 32 middle schools and won first place at the Massachusetts Science Olympiad competition – the 25th time in the last 26 years that the Coolidge team has brought home this honor. They earned nine gold medals, three silver, and one bronze medal finishes at the state competition, as well as the opportunity to compete at the National Science Olympiad tournament.


The competition consists of 23 events covering a diverse array of science and engineering content and process skills. 

This year, events include:  Herpetology - Learning about amphibians and reptiles; Hovercraft - Learning classic mechanics and related topics as well as the ability to construct a self-propelled air-levitated vehicle; Potions and Poisons - Learning chemical properties and effects of specified toxic and therapeutic substances; Rocks and Minerals - Demonstrate their knowledge of rocks and minerals.

In preparing to test their knowledge and skills against their peers from other schools across the country, the students learn to work hard and excel, and they win widespread recognition and acclaim for academic achievements.


The team’s operating budget must cover the materials and supplies needed for the team to function, as well as expenses involved in bringing the team and materials to competitions. The families of student participants provide contributions to help defray these expenses, but the team relies on external funding to support 50% of its operating budget.

A vibrant and committed parent group works closely with the coaches and team members to support the team’s activities. The team’s commitment to science education for Reading youth spans 26 years and its record is unsurpassed in all of Massachusetts.

The Coolidge Science Olympiad Team is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible. 

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The Coolidge School Science Olympiad is a registered 501(c) (3) non-profit organization
Supported in part by The Harpley Foundation

This year's Coolidge School Science Olympiad is supported in part by a grant from the Reading Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.