Mr. Reed

Head Coach of the Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad Team

Room 0204


Grand Haven High School (Grand Haven Area Public Schools)

17001 Ferris Street

Grand Haven, MI 49417




This year is the 30th year of Science Olympiad at Grand Haven High School. The history of our team goes back to 1986. This is my 18th year as head coach of the Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad Team and my 25th year overall working with the GHHS team.Our team has won 23 regional championships, 17 state championships, and three national championships. We have competed at the National Science Olympiad tournament each of the last 24 years and we have never placed lower than 12th in the nation.


2015 Science Olympiad Dates


March 28th, Michigan Region 12 Science Olympiad Tournament at Grand Valley State University

May 2nd, Michigan Science Olympiad Tournament at Michigan State University

May 16th, National Science Olympiad Tournament at University of Nebraska, Lincoln





Regional Tournament Results

State Tournament Results

National Tournament Results






19911st††††† 393 points

19921st††††† 417 points

19931st††††† 411 points

19941st††††† 426 points

19951st††††† 444 points

19961st††††† 435 points

19971st††††† 388 points

19982nd†††† 411 points

19991st††††† 435 points

20002nd†††† 419 points

20011st††††† 104 points

20021st††††† 105 points

20031st††††† 118 points

20043rd†††† 101 points

20051st††††† 64 points

20061st††††† 68 points

20071st††††† 59 points

20081st††††† 67 points

20091st††††† 98 points

20101st††††† 85 points

20111st††††† 43 points

20121st††††† 66 points

20131st††††† 60 points

20141st††††† 75 points






19912nd†††† 315 points

19922nd†††† 316 points

19932nd†††† 285 points

19942nd†††† 341 points

19951st††††† 395 points

19961st††††† 369 points

19971st††††† 386 points

19982nd†††† 332 points

19991st††††† 547points

20001st††††† 556 points

20012nd†††† 245 points

20021st††††† 223 points

20031st††††† 196 points

20041st††††† 161 points

20052nd†††† 185 points

20061st††††† 124 points

20071st††††† 118 points

20081st††††† 169 points

20091st††††† 180 points

20101st††††† 116 points

20111st††††† 85 points

20121st††††† 136 points

20131st††††† 159 points

20141st††††† 120 points

1986Did not qualify

1987Did not qualify

1988Did not qualify

1989Did not qualify

1990Did not qualify

199110th†† 78 points

19928th†††† 75 points

19931st††††† 106 points

19941st††††† 345 points

19954th†††† 306 points

19962nd†††† 390 points

19971st††††† 367 points

19984th†††† 618 points

19994th†††† 575 points

20006th†††† 625 points

20019th†††† 437 points

20029th†††† 438 points

200312th†† 418 points

20042nd†††† 311 points

20057th†††† 397 points

20062nd†††† 212 points

20073rd†††† 251 points

20086th†††† 321 points

20092nd†††† 205 points

20102nd†††† 212 points

20116th†††† 293 points

20123rd†††† 235 points

201311th†† 399 points

20149th†††† 360 points


What is the Science Olympiad?

(Taken from the National Science Olympiad website)


The Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, training workshops and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state and national tournaments. The Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events that students prepare for during the year. The competitions follow the format of popular board games, TV shows and athletic games. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills and science applications. In addition, during the day there are open house activities that consist of science and mathematics demonstrations, activities and career counseling sessions conducted by professors and scientists at the host institution occurring concurrently with the events.


Many states and regions have organized physics, biology or chemistry Olympiads, but few have combined all disciplines in one large Olympiad. The excitement of many students from all science areas competing and cheering one another on to greater learning caused one school district to coin the phrase "intellete". When they searched for a place to house their newly won Olympiad State Championship trophy, the only location available was outside the principal's office in the "athlete" showcase, so they convinced the school board to build an "intellete" showcase. An intellete is any person who demonstrates outstanding performance in an academic or intellectual pursuit (in this case, science). One of the goals of the Science Olympiad is to elevate science education and learning to a level of enthusiasm and support that is normally reserved only for varsity sports programs.


The Science Olympiad Mission:


††††††††† To improve the quality of K-12 science education throughout the nation.


The Science Olympiad Vision to accomplish this mission is:


1. To create a passion for learning science by supporting elementary and secondary Science Olympiad tournaments at building, district, county, state and national levels with an emphasis on teamwork and a commitment to excellence.

2. To improve the quality of K-12 science education throughout the nation to change the way science is perceived and the way it is taught (with an emphasis on problem solving skills and hand-on, minds-on constructivist learning practices). This goal is accomplished through in-depth core curriculum training workshops and the distribution of curriculum materials to thousands of teachers.

3. To celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievement of both students and teachers in the areas of science and technology by awarding thousands of certificates, medals and scholarships.

4. To promote partnerships among community, businesses, industry, government and education. There are over 45,000 volunteers representing these groups at the Science Olympiad events.

5. To improve and restructure the way science is taught and learned by conducting staff development and curriculum development workshops.


The specific purposes of the Science Olympiad Tournaments are:


1. To bring science to life, to show how science works, to emphasize problem solving aspects of science and the understanding of science concepts.

2. To develop teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students.

3. To make science education more exciting so more students will enroll in science courses and engage in other science activities like science reading, fairs, meetings and field trips.

4. To promote high levels of achievement and a commitment to excellence, to demonstrate that American students can perform at levels that surpasses expectations of even practicing scientists and engineers.

5. To attract more students particularly females and minorities to professional and technical careers in science, technology and science teaching.


Science Olympiad and Grand Haven High School


The first Science Olympiad team at Grand Haven High School was in 1986.No one knew how big Science Olympiad would become at Grand Haven High School.The 1986 team won first place in their first regional tournament, and as the saying goes, the rest is history.Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad teams have won tournaments at the regional, state, and national levels.In fact, the Grand Haven High School teams have won 23 regional tournaments (the last 10 in a row), 17 state tournaments (the last 9 in a row and the most of any high school team in Michigan), and three national tournaments as well as having five second place finishes, two third place finishes, and three fourth place finishes at the national tournament (that is, 13 top four finishes in 24 consecutive years of competing at the national tournament).Science Olympiad teams from Grand Haven High School have competed in 24 consecutive national tournaments and have an average place of just under 5.2 against teams from across the United States.Very few high school Science Olympiad teams in the country can match the record compiled by the Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad teams.


What does it take to be part of the Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad Team?


To be part of the best Science Olympiad team in the state and one of the best teams in the country takes many hours of study and preparation.We are looking for students who can dedicate and commit to putting all of their efforts into making the Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad team the best team.We are looking for students who have a great interest in science and technology and have excellent academic preparation.We need students who are self-motivated, responsible, honest, mature, and have a thirst for knowledge.We need students who can follow directions easily and who can work well with others.


Students on the Science Olympiad team spend at least one hour per week with a coach and the other team members for each academic event in which they are practicing.Outside studying is a necessity for success in Science Olympiad.Students must learn as much as they can about their events in a short amount of time.Practices begin in December and go until the end of the national tournament.The regional tournament is normally held at the end of March at Grand Valley State University.The state tournament is normally held at the end of April at Michigan State University.The national tournament is usually held the third Saturday of May at a different university around the country each year.


For more information about the Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad team please contact Mr. Reed at


Michigan Science Olympiad Coaching Clinic Ė November 8th, 2014

The presentations from the coaching clinic, held at Grand Haven High School, are available by clicking on the links below for each event.


Events Common to both Divisions B and C

Air Trajectory

Anatomy and Physiology

Bridge Building

Disease Detectives

Dynamic Planet

Elastic Launched Glider and Wright Stuff


Entomology presentation from 2013 clinic at MSU

Experimental Design


Green Generation

Write It Do It


Other Division B Events

Bio-Process Lab

Bottle Rocket

Canít Judge a Powder

Crave the Wave

Crime Busters


Picture This

Road Scholar (longer presentation)

Road Scholar (shorter presentation)


Simple Machines

Solar System

Wheeled Vehicle


Other Division C Events


Bungee Drop

Cell Biology

Chemistry Lab

Compound Machines


GeoLogic Mapping

Itís About Time

Mission Possible

Protein Modeling


Technical Problem Solving