North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to attract and retain the pool of K-12 students entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers in North Carolina. Every year NCSO hosts tournaments on university, community college, and public school campuses across the state. These tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of different hands-on, interactive, challenging and inquiry-based events that are well balanced between the various disciplines of biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering and technology. Our Science Olympiad team is made up of students in grades three, four and five. To prepare for the event, team members work together to build rockets, construct ramps, build egg drop devices, and other fun projects. The annual countywide competition gives team members the opportunity to compete against students from other schools.