The A.W. Coolidge Science Olympiad Team worked very hard throughout the 2019/2020 school year. Unfortunately, due
to COVID-19, the National and Massachusetts State Competitions were canceled this year. National Science Olympiad is
planning to replay the 2020 Rules for the 2021 season so students can retain and reuse their resources and devices.

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. Each year the team competes against other teams from

various Massachusetts towns. The team has placed first 25 out of the last 28 years, earning

the honor of representing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the National Science

Olympiad Competition. This is the first year in its history the State and National competition

have not been able to take place.


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

This year, events include:  Ornithology - Learning about birds; Mousetrap Vehicle - Constructing a vehicle using a mousetrap as its sole means of propulsion; Food Science - Learning food chemistry with a focus on fermentation; and Game On - Designing and building an original computer game using the program Scratch.

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 28 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.