Just like an athletic team, Science Olympiad clubs are coached by teachers, improved by mentors and filled with top talent. Founded in 1984, Science Olympiad is one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing standards-based challenges to nearly 5,000 teams at 375 live and remote tournaments in all 50 states last year. Each fall, Science Olympiad releases new rules and teams tackle the 23 STEM-aligned events in pairs, building devices for on-site testing, studying for core knowledge challenges and preparing for rigorous hands-on lab experiments. At Saint Ignatius, the team has been a State Qualifier 18 times since 1999. In last 17 regional competitions, they have recorded 8 championships and 6 runner-up finishes.