The A.W. Coolidge Science Olympiad Team won second place in the Massachusetts Middle School Science Olympiad State Competition at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. The team earned four gold, four silver, and two bronze medals!

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

Coolidge Science Team 2018-2019

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 second place at the Massachusetts Science Olympiad competition, earning four gold, four silver, and two bronze medal finishes! The team has placed first 25 out of  the last 27 years, earning the honor of representing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the National Science Olympiad Competition.


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; Battery Buggy - Constructing a vehicle using electrical energy as its sole means of propulsion; Potions and Poisons - Learning chemical properties and effects of specified toxic and therapeutic substances; and Thermodynamics - Constructing an insulated device designed to retain heat.

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 27 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 which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.