The mission of Maryland Science Olympiad is to provide fun and challenging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competitions that build team skills and highlight the value that diversity brings to a team. Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing student interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers. These goals are achieved by participating in Science Olympiad tournaments, incorporating Science Olympiad into classroom curriculum, and attending professional development workshops. The Maryland Science Olympiad is a "hands-on" K-12 science program including rigorous academic interscholastic tournaments. Scientists and engineers from Maryland corporations, organizations, and universities collaborate with K-12 science teachers to oversee the 46 teamwork-oriented tournament events.