Changes to 2020-21 ESSOP Grant Program
Due to the pandemic and COVID-19 restrictions, the Elementary School Science Olympiad Program (ESSOP) will not have a workshop presentation on creating and implementing a science olympiad program in your school for the 2020-21 school year.
Unfortunately, Central Elementary School, Heritage Elementary School and St. Monica Catholic Academy will not be permitting any visitors to their science olympiads.
However, schools can still complete the grant application to apply for materials for their science olympiad program.
The deadline for grant applications is February 26, 2021.
What is a Science Olympiad?
A Science Olympiad consists of different hands-on events where students take an active role in exploring science topics related to the school’s science curriculum. The events can be scheduled to occur as half-day up to three-day competitions.
The program helps students of all abilities succeed in science by making science fun and exciting. It is designed for students in grades 4 through 6; however, it can be adapted to include lower grade levels.
Each event, either competitive or non-competitive in design, meets the current National Science Standards, as well as the Science Standards set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
What is ESSOP
The purpose of the SSP Elementary School Science Olympiad Program (ESSOP) is to excite, inspire, challenge, and foster the fun side of science for all elementary students of all abilities.
The ESSOP provides information, manuals, training, and grant money for teachers and administrators to promote Science Olympiad programs in their schools or districts.
Apply for ESSOP grant
The Elementary School Science Olympiad Program grant is available to provide seed money to help elementary/middle schools develop and implement an inclusive science olympiad program within their school.
Grants up to $2,500 per school will be awarded for equipment and materials related to the Olympiad. Grants are issued on a first come, first served basis.
Contact the SSP with any questions: