NC Science Olympiad
Wilmington - UNC - Wilmington
Tournament Date March 04, 2017
Regional Director(s)
Location UNC - Wilmington
Division B
Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Pender
Division C
Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Pender
School Registered
Division B Teams:
This Division B tournament has a capacity of 40 teams.
Division C Teams:
This Division C tournament has a capacity of 30 teams.
Important Links Regional Tournament Policies
February 15, 2017
Avogadro & forms

Hello everyone!

At this point, everyone should have received a google form with permission/photo consent information in it.  Every student on the team must have this form on file to compete! 
I know that Google forms are new to some of you, so I made a tutorial video to help you.  Here is the link:
If some of your parents don't have internet access, you can use the attached Paper copy, but please limit this unless absolutely necessary.  We have to scan every one of these papers and keep them and with 18,000 students participating this year, its a bit overwhelming and cumbersome.
If you have not tried to log in to Avogadro yet, please do it today!  Your login is your email address (where I am sending this email).  I have attached the user manual to this email, and also made a video to help you get started on this.  
Here is the link to Avogadro:
You need to log in and self-schedule in to the walk-in events now - this opens at 6am on Feb 15 and closes at midnight on Feb 22.  Your team members do not have to be filled out to do this part.  We also REALLY need you to let us know now if you are sure you won't have a team for certain events.    Please click 'not showing' in any event that your team is not participating in.
You will need to turn in the Vandalism & Behavior form signed by you, your principal, and your students.  1 per team.  Form Here.
Div C Updates

Bottle Rockets - after trying out the new rules and altimeters at Raleigh, we are making a few clarifications to the rules.  These will go up on the event resource page, but I wanted to highlight that all rockets will be shot at 60psi everywhere for every tournament.  Also, the altimeter is in a 2" styrofoam ball.  This must go inside your rocket nose cone somewhere.  Pictures to follow on the event resource page.  
Amazing Mechatronics - we need students to bring their aurduinos and pieces with them, we won't have enough to supply to everyone.
Let me know what questions you have!

February 03, 2017
Vandalism Form

Hello Coaches, 

Here is the vandalism form that you will bring to the tournament registration.  Remember, this is the only print form we will collect this year.



February 01, 2017
Reminder: Regional Coaches Meeting - Thursday, February 2nd at 4:30 - 5:30

Hey all,

Reminder: the Regional Coaches Meeting is tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon in the Watson College of Education from 4:30 - 5:30 in room 306. We will be on the third floor and is the same room we used last year (I think). Please park in the parking garage across the street from the College of Education. The parking passes are being emailed to everyone. And, for those that forget to print them, I will have a few available with me. 

"Attached are the parking passes for tomorrow’s meeting. Please email the attachments to all your participants and they should be able to print out a copy before their arrival. The pass is for the parking deck located across the street from the education building. Please have your guests pull in on the right side of the deck entrance (left side has the gate) and they can park in any of the available visitor spots on the first level. I would ask that they put the parking pass in the driver’s side of their windshield so they do not get ticketed. Also, I have printed out a number of copies and can assist with handing them out tomorrow afternoon if needed. "

UNCW Maps and Directions can be found here:

Katie and I are working to get event leaders and helpers lined up for all events at the regional Olympiad. There are 46 total (B and C) events! Do you know someone who has a career in science? Ask them to participate! We have found that coaches’ family and friends, some parents, and school teachers (who have always been at these competitions anyway) enjoy the chance to see the events "in action." 

If you have people interested in supporting the running of an event, please send them to the web site: ( and have each complete the simple volunteer process.  We could always use the help!

Please remember: you can contact me with any questions/concerns about events, logistics, etc at  I would prefer a text or an email, but if there is something that requires a conversation, don’t hesitate to call/text me on my cell: (910) 409-7436.

Again, we appreciate all your hard work as we prepare for another season, and we look forward to seeing as many people as possible at 4:30 PM tomorrow afternoon.


Dennis and Katie

January 18, 2017
Science Olympiad Coaches Meeting


Just another Science Olympiad announcement: The Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad Coaches meeting will be held on Thursday, February 2nd at 4:30 – 5:30 PM on UNCW’s campus. We are earlier this year for a variety of different reasons. I haven’t determined a campus room yet, but when I do, I will let you all know. Please be sure that you are able to attend this very important meeting. Or, if you can’t attend the meeting, try to send someone in your place.

Lastly, with our region applying a Division B middle school split schedule, we are in need of MORE volunteers to pull this off! So, I’m going to ask that every school team provide an event support volunteer (parent, teacher, graduated student). So…if your school has registered two teams, I’ll need two volunteers from your school to help support our events. This year is going to be human resource intensive, so our region needs that volunteer support. I’ll share more at the coaches meeting in two weeks.

Please remember that we are all volunteers! ;>) No one is being paid to prepare and integrate this ‘ginormous’ day. We just roll up our sleeves, get to work and make ‘geeking out’ happen.

Thanks for everything you all do for the kids!


January 18, 2017
January Updates

Welcome Back!

I hope each of you had a great fall semester and that your 2017 school year is off to a great start. As your regional co-directors, Katie Martin and I wanted to touch base with you all on a few topics as we begin preparations for the 2017 Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad. As posted, the Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad is Saturday, March 4th this year. Can you believe we are less than 2 months away from that day?!

Wilmington Regional Olympiad Tournament Home Office

The Wilmington Regional Tournament Home Office will continue to be housed here on UNCW’s campus. As the Past Director for UNCW’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM), the center will continue to support Olympiad under its auspices. While I’m not as active as I should be on social media, please do friend the Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad on Facebook…just search by the name. I’ll try to post more often as we get closer to the big day.

State Office

The state office is very fortunate to continue to be lead by Kim Gervase as our North Carolina Science Olympiad Executive Director. Kim’s responsibilities include preparing each of the 46 events for Divisions B/C at our regionals, the state competition and pursuing funding opportunities across the state to support our tournaments. 

Split Schedule – Middle School

Division B (middle school) will run a split schedule this year. This means that some schools will follow and even schedule and some schools will follow an odd schedule. Based upon the 41 registered teams and 26 associated schools, it seems easiest to split the teams alphabetically.

  • Even Schedule – Burgaw Middle School thru Murray Middle School (A – Mu)
  • Odd Schedule – Myrtle Grove Christian thru Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences (My – Z)

Why are we running a split schedule? This accommodation allows for your co-directors and event leaders to maximize the physical rooms that we need to reserve for such a large event. It isn’t feasible to plan for 82 possible students per an event time anymore. Our event leaders and our facilities are strained.

Will this impact my preparation for Saturday, March 4th? Absolutely not! Remember that walk in events take place either in the morning (8:30 – 11:15) or in the afternoon (12:15 – 3:00).

Division C (high school) will run the traditional schedule this year.

Schedule for Wilmington

Both Division's B (middle school) and C (high school) schedules have been approved. There are no changes to the regional division competition schedules from the state schedule competition. I will post room numbers and more specifics as we get closer to the competition date (about three weeks out). We make every effort to stay consistent for the benefit of teams traveling and competing at the state level. While consistency is what we strive for, it does add a level of increased difficulty at the regional level. We have been very fortunate in years past to get enough volunteers with academic content knowledge to lead each event.

Increased Numbers of Participating Teams

Kim, Katie and I LOVE seeing Science Olympiad extended to so many new students in our greater Wilmington regional areas! While this is great news, it does put added stress on the region to schedule and accommodate everyone. The consequence: we have increased our numbers from years past and had to close our region to new competitors. We continue to pursue solutions at UNCW to make sure all of you are comfortable with your “homebase” at Trask Coliseum. We see this as a good problem to have!

Good Luck

I am always open to suggestions, questions, etc to continually improve the Wilmington Regional tournament for you and your Olympians.

Best wishes as you prepare!

Dennis S. Kubasko, Jr. and Katie Martin

December 08, 2016
Introduction - 2017 Wilmington Regional Competition

Greetings Wilmington Regional B/C Olympiad Coaches,

I hope everyone is having a great Fall Semester! I know the state Science Olympiad office is earnestly preparing for each 2017 Regional Science Olympiad competition, and we are looking ahead to our Wilmington regional tournament in the Spring.

The Wilmington Regional tournament date is set for Saturday, March 4th, 2017 (the first Saturday in March).  We will be home basing teams and having the awards ceremony in Trask Coliseum this year.  If there are any changes to the state schedule, you all will be the first to know!

I am currently attending the Regional Directors Meeting today (December 8th) at NC State’s Science House.  We are having many discussions about events, schedules, funding and participation. I can share more information as needed. The North Carolina B and C (middle, high school) events have been posted, and the UNC Wilmington Regional B and C Schedules are posted. They are the SAME schedules as the state recommendations. We are running a split schedule this year at the middle school division. The Wilmington Region makes every possible effort to exactly mimic the state schedule. The B/C event resources for 2016 is posted here:

Looking forward to working with everyone this year!


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