We, at the Science Olympiad, want to make a lasting contribution to the promotion of young scientists in Switzerland. To reach our goal, we need you!
As a teacher and a mentor, you are the first to reach these young minds. You can timely recognize extraordinary abilities and encourage the individual pursuit of talent. The main objective is for the young minds to take the knowledge from the classroom to the Science Olympiad and ultimately into the applied world.
Over 250 schools have already taken part in the Olympiads.
Let us inspire you:
Why should I register my students?
Because you make a valuable contribution.
You encourage the expression of your students’ talents outside the classroom with a minimum investment of time on your part.
You lay the groundwork for further studies or a career in the respective field area.
You encourage change: your students explore unknown talents and discover uncharted perspectives.
You learn where your students stand in national and international comparisons.
You become proud of your students' achievements, your school's commitment and your contribution.
You can develop your personal skills with us: The Olympiads in informatics and robotics offer workshops targeting interested teachers.
WHAT IS THE LEVEL REQUIRED FOR THE OLYMPIADS?
The Olympiads are open to all those who are thirsty for knowledge.
Whether it is one student or an entire classroom, the most important thing is the thirst for knowledge.
The following requirements apply to all Olympiads*:
Under 20 years old (exceptions can be made on an individual basis)
Currently attending a secondary school in Switzerland or the Principality of Liechtenstein.
Enrolment in a university/high school has not taken place yet
Registration is done within the given deadlines
* These requirements vary slightly depending on the field. As an example, in the case of Robotics, pupils starting at the age of 8 can take part and, accordingly, there is no requirement of currently attending secondary school. You can find out more information on the homepage of the individual Olympiads.
HOW CAN I REGISTER?
Because registration differs from one field to the other, you are encouraged to consult the website of the respective Olympiad directly.
We would be pleased to see you include the Science Olympiads in your school's program for talent development. Marco Gerber will be happy to assist you.
HOW DO THE OLYMPIADS TAKE PLACE
4 PHASES, 1 YEAR, 1 GOAL
Phase 1 – THE WARM UP
Attending workshops, preparing individually, and taking the first exam.
Phase 2 – THE TRAINING
Benefiting from expert coaching and specialized camps – preparing for the National Final.
Phase 3 – THE COMPETITION
All Swiss champions from all schools compete against each other – and for the tickets to the International Olympiads.
Phase 4 – THE VICTORY
The best minds take the spotlight: they represent Switzerland at the International Olympiads in places such as Tehran, Beijing, Cluj-Napoca, or other metropolises around the world.
So... Go Switzerland! Go Switzerland! Sign up! Sign up!
HOW MUCH EFFORT IS REQUIRED OF ME?
After all, you already have enough to do. So what exactly do you have to do? Quite simple:
Motivate the students to participate. Special trainings or preparations are not necessary.
You inform and "delegate": Some Olympiads offer extra preparation workshops before the first exams.
The exact modalities differ depending on the subject - please find all relevant information on the corresponding Olympiad website.
As a basic rule:
You initiate the first exam. This is rather convenient - collectively during class or as a homework assignment. Depending on the material, the time required is between 20-90 minutes. The Tests can be taken electronically and/or on paper.
Is the examination over? Then your task is completed. After the first round, your valuable contribution is fulfilled. The volunteers of the Science Olympiad will take over the other tasks. We thank you for your commitment!
WHO HELPS ME WITH THE REGISTRATION?
Us, of course. And very actively!
Before the first round, some fields offer extracurricular preparation workshops.
After the first round, we correct all tests and we organize all subsequent workshops, camps and national/international competitions.
By the way: The Olympiads only exist thanks to the tireless commitment of volunteers, who are often former Olympiad participants themselves. They assist their successors as coaches, organize all events and prepare, carry out and correct the exams. The loop is thus closed.
HOW MUCH DOES PARTICIPATION COST?
Nothing - with one exception.
Logistically, your involvement requires little cost. We prepare everything possible to minimize your commitment and costs. As a teacher, you will receive a test template according to your field, which you can easily copy for your students. In some fields, the test can be taken online, thus free of charge.
No rule without exception: Robotics.
Participation in the Olympiads is free of charge, with the exception of the Robot Olympiad, in which participation requires a fee. Please contact the Robot Olympiad for information on the exact costs.
Find here some useful content for your lessons:
Experiments, exam questions, references, scripts, tips and tricks and much more.