One benefit that Indiana takes pride in is the fact that all regional tournaments, the state tournament, and some invitational tournaments are held at higher education institutions. Students competing in Science Olympiad in Indiana get the opportunity to interact with science faculty, researchers, graduate and undergraduate students.
In addition to exploring college campuses and interacting with science experts, there are many, many benefits to joining Science Olympiad. The National website has compiled a wonderful list of the benefits of Science Olympiad. Please visit: http://www.soinc.org/membership_benefits.