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Information for Teams

As hosts of the 2023 Science Olympiad National Tournament Wichita State University extends our congratulations and a warm welcome to all teams qualifying for this highest level of competition! On this page, you will find links your team needs leading up to the arriving in Wichita for the competition and tournament festivities.

If your team didn’t qualify for the 2023 National Tournament, check out our social media pages and information on the STEM Expo. These include events open to everyone and shouldn’t be missed!

Shocker Store

You can preorder your SONT 2023 logo items at the Shocker Store. When you are on campus make sure to check out the Shocker Store for all WSU themed gear (you can also preorder these items for easy pick up).

Store Hours during the tournament (for Rhatigan Student Center location):

  • Wednesday, May 17 = 8AM-6PM
  • Thursday, May 18 = 8AM-6PM
  • Friday, May 19 = 8AM-5PM
  • Saturday, May 20 = 9AM-3PM

Social Media

Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram!

Thursday Events

Exploration Place: Visit Wichita's Exploration Place during your stay. Explore Exhibits and Live Science Shows. Sign up here
Explore the DAISY Lab - contact Dr. Logan to sign up for up to 10 people at a time at 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, or 3pm. Help our Smart to Be Good Partners put together kits for this summer's STEAM workshop. Sign up here:

Tournament Day

If you are looking for information on Tournament Day, please see the dedicated pages on this site for information on tournament format, schedules, and more.


Ceremonies are in Koch Arena, please see the Fan Game Day guide for prohibited items in the arena:, teams you are allowed your backpacks, however they will go through scanning before entering the arena.

Opening Ceremony Events

Where: Koch Arena
    When: 6:30pm start time, doors open at 5:30pm
      Dress Code: casual, what you wore to travel or to the STEM Expo will fit right in.
Teams are encouraged to select up to 4 individuals for the parade of states.
    Practice: Friday May 19th, 5:15pm, Koch Arena ***notice slight change in time
      You are encouraged to bring a school banner/flag and a state flag for the parade (these are encouraged not required). Many schools dress up for the parade as something that represents their school/region/state, this is encouraged not required.
        *NO items thrown into the audience.
When: Friday night after the opening ceremony ~8:00pm.
    Where: The Alumni Walk running between Wiedemann/Duerksen Fine Arts and Morrison/Jardine/McKinley Halls. This is an outdoor venue and we are not assigning spaces. We are not providing tables.
      As you are planning your swaps remember the following rules:
      • NO selling items at the Swap Meet.
      • NO inflatables or balloons are allowed as swaps or into either ceremony.
      • NO Food Items.
      • Stay out of the flowers.
      • Please make sure when you leave your area looks like it did when you arrived.

Watch the live stream listed below

Awards Ceremony

  • Where: Awards Ceremony will happen in Koch Arena.
  • When:
    • 6:30pm: Doors open for seating
    • 7:30pm: Ceremony scheduled to start
  • Dress: The dress code is elevated from the casual dress code of the opening ceremony. Although this is not enforced, most teams will be in business to formal attire for the ceremony. Suits and long dresses are not out of place, but also not required.
Join us for a post-awards ceremony celebration in Heskett Center. The Center will be open to hang out and enjoy your last moments at SONT. Locations include the pool (with lifeguards), the gym (with music), and outside courts.
Results will be available for public view the via the website just after the awards ceremony. Please see the results page for those rankings.

Watch the live stream listed below

Smart to be Good Program

To continue with Science Olympiad’s charitable giving program, Science Olympiad and Wichita State University are partnering with Generation STEAM. We will have multiple opportunities prior to the tournament for teams to interact with the organization when at WSU. To find out more about Generation STEAM and our partnership goals, please visit the page on this site linked below. Science Olympiad teams, coaches, parents, officials, sponsors and volunteers will be invited to donate any amount. Let’s show our Science Olympiad spirit to those who need a hand. It’s Good to be Smart, and Smart to be Good!

Global Ambassador Team from Japan

In 2009, Board Members Dr. Gerard Putz and Jim Woodland traveled to Tokyo, Japan, to present Science Olympiad concepts to Japanese education officials from the Ministry of Education (MEXT) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) at “Science Agora.” A partnership between Science Olympiad and JST was born, founded on a shared passion for making science competition fun and exciting for all students. We look forward to continuing the tradition of hosting the Ambassador Team from Japan as they compete along side their American peers competing on May 20, 2023 in the Science Olympiad National Tournament at WSU.