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College of Arts and Sciences

Middle & Elementary School Academy of Science

The South Carolina Middle and Elementary School Academy of Science is  sponsored by the South Carolina Academy.  The goal of the academy is to communicate science and mathematics through a variety of activities.

On-Line Contest

The SC Academy of Science On-Line Contest was open from January to March 6, 2023, receiving 247 entries from grades 4-8. The contests covered various topics, including biology, Earth's atmosphere, barcodes, and measurement. Students answered 60 multiple-choice questions, some requiring hands-on activities, following South Carolina's Common Core Guidelines. 

Check out this year's winners!


South Carolina Academy of Science Online Contest / Center for Science Education at USC

This contest challenges students with fun math and science questions. All schools that have a grade 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 can participate.

In 2023, we will publish the online contest and email it to all schools in South Carolina in early January 2023. The online contest must be completed on or before Monday, March 6, 2023.

There are two online contests: 

  • E contest for grades 4 – 6
  • M Contest for grades 6 – 8.

(A sixth grader can enter E or M but not both.)

Each school that participates will have at least one winner, and each student that enters the contest will be recognized with a participation certificate given by their sponsoring school.

After the contest deadline, we will select winners in the four categories: School, Region, State, and Grand and produce Honors Certificates for each student winner. We will mail the Honors Certificates to the principal of the school to present to the winning student at a school assembly.

Winners will be announced on the Center for Science Education website & SCAS website. In addition, results will be published in the South Carolina Academy of Science Newsletter in the May/June/July issue.

For more information contact: 
Dr. Don Jordan 
Email (Best Contact):
Mailing address:  Dr. Don Jordan  / Director SCAS Online Contest 
Science Education Center / College of Arts & Sciences 
Coker Life Science Building, CLS 108 / 715 Sumter Street, c/o Biology Department / 4th Floor CLS, USC, Columbia SC, 29208 


2023 Contest Documents 

The following documents are provided for the 2023 online contest. 

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