The Colton Science Olympiad program was begun in the fall of 1994. From that first team until now, well over 300 Jr. High and high school students have participated in the program. There are no size divisions for the schools competing in the Science Olympiad program. Therefore, Colton consistently competes against schools which are up to ten times its size. Teams have qualified for the state tournament seventeen out of the twenty years that Colton has participated in this National Program. Many years multiple teams have qualified for state. Colton has earned one third place finish, as well as two other top ten finishes at the state tournament.
Science Olympiad functions much like a football or soccer team, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and practice throughout the year. Each school-based team is allowed to bring 15 students who cross-train for a variety of events ranging from building a balsa wood bridge to tree or insect identification. Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal.