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Welcome to the Oklahoma Science Olympiad.

For 30 years the National Science Olympiad has lead the revolution in science education, bringing standards-based engagement in authentic Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.  Oklahoma has been involved in Science Olympiad for ten years through involvement of schools and students in Putnam City Schools.

Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school).  Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology.  By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved.  Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.  Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal.

Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and Science Olympiad encourages group learning by designing events that forge alliances.  In Elevated Bridge, an engineering whiz and a kid from wood shop can become gold medalists. Similarly, a talented builder and a student with a good science vocabulary can excel in Write It Do It, one of Science Olympiad’s most popular events.

Complete descriptions of all of this years events are located on the National Science Olympiad website- www.soinc.org.

Interested in forming a Science Olympiad team?  Need more information?  Contact Bob Melton, Director of the Oklahoma Science Olympiad.

Science Olympiad Training for Coaches and Event Supervisors

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Time to register for the Science Olympiad training for Coaches and Event Supervisors!

Saturday, September 20th in Howell Hall at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q6SKSG8 to reserve your place in this training!

Trainers for this conference have set up a full schedule designed to get you set up and ready for the 2014-15 tournament season.

Each division will follow a separate strand which will review each of the 23 events in this year’s tournament catalog (see the attached schedule).  Each review will include an overview of the event rules and scoring procedures and a review of changes in the event from last year (when applicable).  During lunch (provided) we will conduct two panel discussions, one for event supervisors and another for coaches. The schedule has been arranged so that participants, particularly event supervisors, can follow a morning-only or afternoon-only schedule and still participate in the lunch and panel discussions.

THIS TRAINING IS FOR ALL VETERAN AND WELL AS NEW AND PROSPECTIVE EVENT SUPERVISORS AND COACHES.

The official 2015 Science Olympiad rule books for teams should be available when this training occurs.  Your check or Purchase Order for 2015 membership will reserve your copy for delivery at the training.

Enroll your team in the Oklahoma Science Olympiad at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5CPPJMM

Learn more about the Science Olympiad at http://www.oksciolympiad.org

Don’t miss this opportunity to bring one of the nation’s most exciting STEM programs to your students!  Join the nearly 7,000 teams in all 50 states that participate in Science Olympiad!

Contact Bob Melton for more information about the training conference and Science Olympiad

 

This Will “Wet” Your Appetite…

OK, what better way to spend a summer day but with kids and Bottle Rockets. (creative, exciting, and you might get wet!)

I spent this morning at our church’s VBS with 30 youth and adults building bottle rockets based on 500 ml soft drink bottles.  That in itself is worth a posting, but I thought you might want to take a look at an old favorite event making it’s return to Science Olympiad after resting for a few years.  Last week at the Science Olympiad Summer Institute in Phoenix, we saw the draft rules for Bottle Rocket B.  As usual, the design parameters are a little different than the last time Bottle Rockets were in Division B, so last night I built a rocket  using the draft rules so I could test it at today’s launch.

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This rocket features a long nosepiece made from a florescent light dust tube capped with a ping pong ball.  The nosepiece is taped to the neck and spout from another bottle that has itself been inverted and taped to the base of the bottle that serves as the pressure chamber for the rocket.  At the Summer Institute I saw an example that featured fins made from paper towel tubes, so I used three, tapering their leading and trailing edges and crushing their diameter so their cross-section was an oval, rather than a circle.  Remember, this is just an example and the constructions rules are still draft and may change between now and the publication of the 2015 rules manual.

But watch this cell phone movie footage and see if this doesn’t “wet” your appetite for Science Olympiad!

Coach and Event Supervisor Training September 20

The annual training conference for Oklahoma Science Olympiad Coaches and Event Supervisors will take place Saturday, September 20 in Howell Hall on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma

Coaches and Assistant Coaches of Division B and Division C Oklahoma Science Olympiad teams are encouraged to attend the full day of training.  This will be your earliest opportunity to read and learn the details of this year’s competition events.  Schools that have joined the Oklahoma Science Olympiad by September 20th will receive their official 2015 rules manuals at the door.  Coaches will be able to review all 23 events in each division as well as pick up coaching tips, ask questions, and also learn how to form a science olympiad team and get them ready for competition.

Veteran and new Event Supervisors will also receive orientation to this year’s events as well as information on scoring and evaluating team performance.  We have designed the schedule in such a way as to allow event supervisors the option of only attending a portion of the day, but ALL event supervisors should plan to attend lunch, which features a panel discussion about procedures and responsibilities of supervisors.

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The training is FREE, but all participants must pre-register HERE.

Questions?  Contact Bob

Time to Join the Oklahoma Science Olympiad

OK, July has arrived and with it, the new fiscal year and new budgets!  Time to get your Purchase Order ready to join the Oklahoma Science Olympiad for the 2014-15 tournament season.  It’s going to be an exciting season as evidenced by these pictures from the 2014 Science Olympiad National Summer Institute last week in Phoenix.

An example of a launcher for Air Trajectory, a new B and C event.

An example of a launcher for Air Trajectory, a new B and C event.

Yes, it's the carriage for a Scrambler vehicle.  Notice the wheels on the left.  That's right, they are steerable so the car can travel a curved path to the target!

Yes, it’s the carriage for a Scrambler vehicle. Notice the wheels on the left. That’s right, they are steerable so the car can travel a curved path to the target!

Another type of launcher design for Air Trajectory (foreground) with an example of a 2015 Bridge in the background.

Another type of launcher design for Air Trajectory (foreground) with an example of a 2015 Bridge in the background.

Coach and Event Supervisor training is Saturday, September 20th in Howell Hall at the University of Central Oklahoma.  Participants will review the rules and specifications for each of the 23 Division B (middle school) or the 23 Division C (high school) events.  In addition, we will have a panel for Event Supervisors and one for Coaches so you can find out all you need to know to get prepared for the upcoming Science Olympiad invitational tournament season.  We’ll have registration forms for the training posted soon on this website and on the Science Olympiad Basecamp as well.

You can also begin the process to join Science Olympiad.  Enrollment forms will be posted later this week, but you can begin the Purchase Order process now.  Purchase Orders should be made to the Putnam City Administrative Activity Fund, 5401 NW 40th, Oklahoma  City, OK  73122  The memo should read “Science Olympiad”.  Only Science Olympiad members can receive rule books, which normally arrive in mid-September.

Membership in the Science Olympiad is $100 per team.  $60 of that fee is for national membership, the remaining $40 stays on Oklahoma and helps fund the Oklahoma Science Olympiad.

This year, schools may enter as many teams as they wish to compete in invitational tournaments as well as the State Tournament.  However, EACH team must have a separate national and state membership.  If, for example, your school has 50 students who want to compete in the tournaments,  you can establish 3 separate teams and bring them to the competitions.  However, each team will have to have a separate paid National and State Science Olympiad membership ($100 X 3 = $300 total). Only teams with fully paid memberships will be allowed to participate in invitational tournaments or the state tournament. This is a requirement of the National Science Oympiad.

Watch this space, much more information will be posted on this website soon.

Questions?  Contact Bob

 

 

Order Your State Tournament T-Shirts Here!

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Ready to order your State Tournament T-Shirt?

Once again, we’ve joined forces with Justin Lawrence at the Oklahoma Shirt Company to design and print the official T-shirt of the Oklahoma Science Olympiad State Tournament.

Pre-Order for the 2014 Science Olympiad Finals shirt ends Monday, Feb 24th.

Shirts are blue with white graphics (so they will stand out!) and will be available for pickup on March 1st at the State Tournament.

You can order individual shirts for $12 each through the Oklahoma Shirt Company website at: http://oklahomashirtcompany.com/collections/scienceolympiad

Large orders and purchase orders can be arranged by emailing Justin at the email address below.
Justin Lawrence
Oklahoma Shirt Company
justin@OklahomaShirtCompany.com
www.OklahomaShirtCompany.com
@OklahomaShirtCo
405.371.2693 PH

PC Tournament Completed (Finally) Casady Up Next

The re-started Putnam City Tournament hosted 14 teams last week-end in a re-start of the December 7th tournament that was postponed due to the ice storm that shut down most schools in the state for three days.  Although there were fewer teams (14) and events (13 in each division) than originally scheduled for December, the competition was good and the teams showed growth from the first tournament in November.  We also had 2 new Division B teams joining us in their first Science Olympiad EVER – St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School and Edmond Cimarron Middle School.

Results:

Division B

1st Place – Capps Middle School

2nd Place – Western Oaks Middle School

3rd Place – Whittier Middle School (team A)

Division C

1st Place – Putnam City High School

2nd Place – Harding Charter Prep

3rd Place – Dove Science Academy Tulsa

 

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Next up, the Casady School Tournament on February 1.  More teams, more events, more Olympians.  Are you Ready?

Coaches! Register your team today!

Go the the Oklahoma Science Olympiad Basecamp page and click the link to register.  Or you can register here. You will be able to submit your roster for the tournament on Basecamp beginning the week before the tournament.

The Oklahoma Science Olympiad State Tournament is March 1.  Registration for the state tournament will open right after the Casady Tournament is completed.