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State Tournament

Tournament Date

April 12-13, 2024

State Director

Lisa Giacomelli


NC State University


  • If your team qualified, you can bring any 15 students from your school that you want, even if they didn’t compete at regionals.
  • You must know your Team # for States – tests will require your team #. It is in Avogadro, and on the Team Spreadsheet below.
  • Teams may bring 2-4 alternates to States. Alternates may compete in Trial Events and they must be included in Avogadro, on the Vandalism Form and have a consent form turned in. Medals are earned for Trial Events, but the results are not included in the Overall Team Score.
    • Trial events will be self-schedule events and spots are limited, first come, first serve.  One pair of students per school may participate in each trial event.  
    • FPOWs are also welcome to do trial events.
  • Flight will be held in Carmichael Gym – the court is approximately 90 x 60 with a height of 26 feet to the lights. Here is an image of the ceiling. We will make our best efforts to turn off the HVAC for competition.  Carmichael Gym is not available Friday or Saturday morning for test flights.
  • Consent Forms & Vandalism Form will be sent out to teams on April 3, 2023.  All forms are due by April 12, 2023.
  • Avogadro self-scheduling will open on April 5, 2023 and close on April 12, 2023.
  • We will have a Photoboxx at States! – the original hashtag printer!  You can send pictures to the box and pick them up.
  • Merchandise – we will have fun merch available for purchase – card purchases only!
  • Coach of the Year Award nominations now open! Nominate your coach by April 3, 2023! 
  • All lab events will run hands-on labs.  Please make sure you review and bring the required safety equipment and recommended lab materials (in the rules).
  •  Wristbands: The head coach will need to pick up team wristbands from the Registration table in Reynold’s either Friday (starting at 1 pm) or Saturday morning (starting at 7:30 am).  Students cannot compete without a wristband.  Wristbands are not needed for Trial Events. 
    • If you are arriving late on Saturday morning and miss the Registration table, you can visit the Scoring Room (room TBD) in Reynold’s to pick up wristbands.
  • Listen to The STEM Yard podcast episode on the State Tournament! 
  • Event App Now Live! Download to get live updates, event schedules and resources.  We recommend actually downloading the app instead of using a web browser, otherwise you will not have full access to all content.
  • Storm the Castle/Trajectory – A reminder that the provided counterweights for Storm the Castle will have an eye (explicitly per Rule 6.d – image here).  Your devices must accommodate that.  Floor protection is mandatory for all devices in Storm the Castle and Trajectory.
  • Wheeled Vehicle/Scrambler – If you do not need your car after States, we would love to collect a few as donations to NCSO that can be used as samples at the Coaches Clinic for next year.  If you’d like to donate your car, please see our Car Event Leaders, Jonathan and Nathan Hiser, after the event on Saturday 4/22.  You can leave it with them. 
  • Reynolds Coliseum Parking Deck clearance is 6’9″.  


Coming Soon

State Qualifiers & Team Numbers

Coming Soon

Campus Map

Campus Map – Updated 4/20

Minors MUST be accompanied at all times while on campus. See expectations for bringing minors to NC State.

Opening Ceremony – Friday

The Opening (& Closing) Ceremony will be held in Reynold’s Coliseum. Doors to the floor open at 4 pm. Teams will be assigned a row of seats on the floor or in the bleachers on the floor. There are 17 seats in a row on the floor, if you are bringing more people, they can sit in the back or upstairs wherever they like.  Rows will be provided for FPOWs.  

Parade of Champions – up to 5 members per team & all FPOWs are encouraged to walk in the Parade.  Mascots, signs, and general team spirit encouraged. Div B will line up in the hallway to the right of the stage, Div C will line up to the left (there will be signs) you will attempt to line up by team number.  There will be volunteers directing you. We will call out each team as they enter, they will parade down the middle and then find their way back to the team seats. 

We’ll then have some opening remarks and our Keynote Speaker. Everything will wrap up about 7 pm.


We do not have reserved blocks of rooms for States, but we do recommend the “Cary Crossroads” area, which you can easily search. This area is close to campus, has lots of easy parking, restaurants, and (maybe most importantly) is close to both a Lowes & Home Depot for whatever breaks on the bus.


Talley Student Union, Fountain Dining Hall and Clark Dining Hall will be open both Friday and Saturday. If you want to request to pay for blocks of meals for the dining hall, you can reach out to NC State is a cashless campus.

Carmichael Gym, Climbing Center

The Climbing Center will be open for drop in use by the NC Science Olympiad group from 9 am-12 pm and 4 pm-6 pm.

This waiver must be completed and presented to climbing center staff to participate.

Clothing should be:
• Loose, comfortable, and casual.

Shoes must be:
• Closed toed. Sandals & flip-flops are not permitted.


Space will be provided for home bases on Miller Field. There is a refillable water bottle station on the field and in every building on campus. Tents MUST come down before Closing Ceremonies on Saturday.


Parking instructions are provided here – a pre-purchased parking pass is required for Friday.  Parking on Saturday is free on campus and open anywhere that isn’t 24-hour reserved. The Reynolds parking deck is the easiest place for most people to park.