GO Club

Open the door to fun, discovery and international competition!

Start your own GO Club!

Genius Olympiad provides GO Clubs in the U.S. with $100 start-up funding. Club members prepare and submit environment-focused projects in one or more categories.

  • Art, creative writing, music, short film
  • Science, robotics, engineering
  • Business

What do GO clubs need?

  • At least 5 youth member in grade 8-12
  • An adult adviser who will be responsible for the youth
  • A place to gather at least biweekly for meetings and project planning
  • Online project updates
  • Internet resources such as and

What can GO clubs do?

  • Explore environmental issues in the neighborhood...and the world
  • Follow member interests via individual or two-person team environmental projects
  • Make a difference in the community with a service project
  • Inspire young children and adults with members' own caring and action
  • Submit projects for consideration by GENIUS Olympiad (deadlines on

Note to teachers, parents, and community volunteers: Contact Genius Olympiad about becoming the adult adviser of a new GO Club. Genius Olympiad will provide U.S. GO Clubs with organizing materials and $100 start-up funding; students will receive GO t-shirts when they submit their projects. Advisers don't need to be scientists, artists, or entrepreneurs. Advisers simply want kids to dream big and care about the world around them.  Clubs can launch service projects about an environmental issue important to them and to their community. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Download the GO Club flyer to tell others about this opportunity:            pdf

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Ivy League Tour

GENIUS Offers Two Optional Trips After The Olympiad: DC/NYC Trip and Ivy League University Tour

Terra Science and Education is offering the following tours on a first-come, first-served base based on complete payment and registration:

  • Only Washington D.C. and N.Y City Trip: $550, June 18 - 21, 2015 (starts at Oswego and ends at New York JFK or Syracuse Hancock airport)
  • Only Ivy League University Tour: $550, June 21 - 24, 2015 (starts at NY City and ends at Boston Logan or Syracuse Hancock airport)
  • Both Trips Combined: $1,000 June 18 - 24, 2015 (starts from Oswego and ends at Boston Logan or Syracuse Hancock airport)

Participants who would like to attend must pay the fee at least 4 weeks before the trip date in order to be eligible. Payments will be collected online only within the application process.

You must cancel your registration four weeks in advance to receive a full refund. All others will NOT be refunded due to advance payments to hotels and bus companies to reserve space.

Ivy League University Tour

We will organize a trip to the universities listed below from Sunday, June 21 to Wednesday, June 24, 2015. You will spend 2-3 hrs at each university campus to learn and discover their  environment and admission process. Most of the college campus tours will be guided by university admission officials or college alumni. 

The trip fee per participant is $550 ($450 if you also take DC/NYC trip), which covers transportation, hotels, and breakfast. Only the first 50 paid participants will be accepted. Those who will participate in this trip and not the DC/NYC trip must find your own way to join the group in NY City, either at the hotel or at JFK airport. Participants will be dropped off at Boston Logan Airport on Wednesday, June 24 by 11 AM or will be brought back to Syracuse Hancock airport by 4 pm. We will not provide any transportation for those who have earlier flights than the stated time. If your flight is earlier than 11 am from Boston Logan Airport, you must take a cab at your own expense from the hotel.

Ivy League University Tour:

  • Columbia University, NY City (Sunday, June 21)
  • Princeton University, New Jersey  (Sunday, June 21) - staying in New Jersey
  • Yale University, Connecticut (Monday, June 22)
  • Brown University, Rhode Island (Monday, June 22) - staying in Rhode Island
  • Harvard University, Boston (Tuesday, June 23)
  • MIT University, Boston (Tuesday, June 23) - staying in Boston



Following attractions and activities will take place during GENIUS Olympiad as part of the regular program without a fee. You will learn and have fun during these activities. 

Niagara Falls Trip

GENIUS Olympiad Organization will take you to amazing Niagara Falls to experience Niagara Falls State Park’s rushing torrents, spectacular scenery and one-of-a-kind attractions while letting your excitement flow as freely as the waters. Transportation to Niagara Falls (2.5 hrs travel) and a boxed lunch will be provided by the GENIUS Olympiad. All participants will be dropped at a shopping mall on the way back to campus.

The American Falls feature a variety of adventures to help you make the most of your trip:

  • You may walk right up to the base of Niagara Falls during the Cave of the Winds tour
  • You may take the the Maid of the Mist® boat ride (fee-based)
  • You may visit the aquarium and as well as a cinematic explanation of the formation of Niagara falls at the movie theater (both are fee-based).


GENIUS International Culture Fair

GENIUS International Fair is the place where students from all around the world get together to experience a wide variety of ethnic and cultural food, music, and dance. The purpose of the international fair is to provide an opportunity to all participants to promote and share their culture and country. Each country and state will be provided with table space to have displays and promotional items to promote their culture.   

In addition, participants will be given an opportunity to perform ethnic and cultural music and dance. The international fair is a fun place to share, enjoy, learn, and make new friendships. Finalists will receive an email about registering stage performance (dance, singing, etc) ahead of time. On-the-spot performance requests may be denied due to time restrictions. 

We encourage every group to bring cultural items to display as well as small gifts to exchange with others. Those who will perform will receive a small gift from GENIUS Olympiad.

GENIUS Olympiad INternational fair     Genius olympiad International fair     

GENIUS College Fair

GENIUS College fair provides an opportunity to learn about college applications, financial aid, personal statement preparation, as well as one-on-one meetings with various college admission officers to answer your questions. The two-hour event will include 20-minute workshops to help prepare your college application, and a general college fair with representatives from the Northeast region of the United States. There will also be workshops for international student applicants to US colleges.

Each year, we host 20-25 colleges and universities from upstate New York. International students who bring application materials may be able to take feedback from college representatives on the spot.


GENIUS Teacher's Round Table

We will provide an opportunity for 30 teachers to have a round-table discussion. The round-table discussions bring international and national teachers together to share their experiences and find solutions for common problems in K–12 education around the world.

The round table is open to all teachers, including non-GENIUS Olympiad participants. It will be limited to 30 teachers, on a first-come, first-served basis by registration. 


GENIUS Planetarium Show

SUNY Oswego's new state-of-the-art planetarium will provide an amazing IMAX-like animation of travel in the space. Each presentation will be 30-45 min length and will give you a 3D feeling imaging on its dome-shaped screen. The shows will be scheduled on Tuesday during judging (before noon and afternoon timeslots are available) so that every supervisor or student will have a chance to join the experience.



GENIUS Olympiad is hosted at Rochester Institute of Technology University campus (see the picture and map below for exact location) located at Rochester, New York. The nearest major transportation center is Greater Rochester Airport, which is 8 minutes away from the campus.  GENIUS Olympiad will only pick up participants from Greater Rochester Airport. Participants arriving at any other location must arrange their own transportation to RIT campus.  WE WILL NOT PICK UP PARTICIPANTS IN NEW YORK CITY, AS IT IS MORE THAN 6.5 HOURS AWAY.  

All events will take place on the university campus, except the Niagara Falls trip and shopping. Participants will have safe and fun experience. Participants will stay in dormitory rooms (two single beds per room) with common bathrooms on each floors. Participants will be provided an open buffet dining experience with variety food options, including vegetarian, (hot food bar, fruit bar, soups, salad bar, sandwich bar, hot and cold drinks, desert bar) on campus. The campus is close by to shopping centers that your group can take Uber/Lyft to explore such opportunities. 

The following items are included within your program as part of your participation without an additional fee: your registration package (including a T-shirt, bag, water bottle, and certificates), your stay on campus, your dining on campus, the Niagara Falls trip (1.5 hrs each way), and airport pick-up and drop-off at specific dates and times.

Please read the Finalist Guide for more information regarding accommodation and rules.


Rochester Institute of Technology University

Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 135,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world.  At RIT, we are always on to something amazing.

RIT is a top 100 national research university and a top 50 best value school. It is also ranked 5th for computer software, 8th for video game design,  9th for engineering-related fields, 10th for applied arts and design, and 17th for film, video, photographic arts.  RIT offers following degrees: Ph.D., Master of Architecture (M.Arch.), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Engineering (ME), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Science (MS), and Master of Science for Teachers (MST); bachelor’s degree programs: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Bachelor of Science (BS).

RIT 's academic programs include Arts, Photography, Film Studies, Design, Architecture, Several Engineering Programs, Environmental Studies, Computing and Information Systems, Game Design, Humanities, Social Studies, and Several Science programs such as chemistry, biology, physics, material sciences, etc.

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BY CAR, RIT Campus is

  • 5 minutes to Rochester Airport
  • 10-20 minutes to Malls
  • 1.5 hours to Buffalo and Niagara Falls
  • 1.5 hours to Syracuse
  • 6.5 hours to New York City (JFK), Boston, or Philadelphia
  • 7.5 hours to Washington D.C.







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