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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.

State Tournament Saturday, March 7

The University of Central Oklahoma once again plays host to the Oklahoma Science Olympiad.  Team Check-in begins at 7:30 and the Opening Ceremony begins in Constitution Hall of the Nigh Center at 8:30. Competing begins at 9:10 AM in various location in Howell Hall, the Nigh University Center and Wantland Gym and continuing through the day until 4:30 PM, when the tournament concludes with the Awards Presentation in Constitution Hall.  Many events are closed to the public, but some of the events in the University Center Ballroom, Wantland Hall, and the Auditoriam in Howell Hall are open to spectators.

IT’S STATE TOURNAMENT WEEK!

It’s on at the University of Central Oklahoma this Saturday, March 7th.  Team Check-in room is Howell Hall, Room 306.  Events through the day are in Wantland Hall, Howell Hall and the Nigh University Center.  Opening ceremonies are in the Nigh Center’s Constitution Hall at 8:30AM.  Be there and wear your Oklahoma Science Olympiad t-shirt. (order by March 2nd at http://oklahomashirtcompany.com/products/science-olympiad-15)

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Wonderful examples of the impact made by Science Olympiad in ways we might not have hoped/imagined

Hello Science Olympiad Friends!

From Jenny Kopach
Science Olympiad
VP Marketing Communications
National Executive Board Member .

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I was state champion in Anatomy & Physiology in 2012, the team was 3rd place for three years in a row and just a few points away from going to the national competition. I won over 70 medals over the four years I participated in Science Olympiad, and it was the most important academic competition in my life. Visiting Indiana University Bloomington’s campus for state Science Olympiad competitions helped me make the decision that I would go to  IU. Science Olympiad instilled a love for science and learning in me that will last me the rest of my life.

– Mason Markovich, Valedictorian, Whiting HS, Student at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

After spending three years studying protein biochemistry as part of Protein Modeling, I decided to study bioengineering as an undergrad. Honestly, without my involvement in Science Olympiad I would not have decided on this field of study, or even been accepted into my undergraduate school (CalTech). The opportunity to study interesting fields at levels beyond what was available to me in high school allowed me to explore so many fields of science I would never have touched upon otherwise. I’m incredibly grateful for the direction and opportunity that Science Olympiad gave me, as well as for the leadership experience and incredible memories that came with being a member of my high school team.

– Emily Mazo, Bioengineering/Computer Science Student at CalTech, CA (participated in PA Science Olympiad)

I received 30 medals overall through all six years I competed. My team did very well at the regional level, placing in the top five every year.  We did well at the State level as well, placing in the top eight every year. Science Olympiad has been part of my family for many years and it was literally a dream come true for me to be able to compete at the competitions and receive medals at the regional and state levels. I loved Science Olympiad and it became my passion. After competing in Anatomy and Designer Genes, my desire to be a nurse was confirmed. Another huge benefit of Science Olympiad was that I got familiar with the college campus. The university where the Science Olympiad competition was held is where I attend college now.  Because of the Science Olympiad competitions, I was familiar with the college campus. I knew where my classes were without even looking at a map and that knowledge calmed my nerves on the first day of classes. I LOVE Science Olympiad and I am so excited that I get to coach the students now and motivate them to do their best. It is such a joy to be part of their success at competition. Now, I coach four different events for the high school that I graduated from. I also assist in head coaching the whole team.

– Katelyn Kamp, Student at Grand Valley State University, MI

I didn’t know this as a sixth grader in the fall of 2002, but my participation in Science Olympiad would end up having a profound impact on my life. Because of my exposure to science and engineering in my Science Olympiad events, I ended up taking a number of advanced science courses in high school, which (not surprisingly) led to majoring in chemical engineering in college. Today, I’m a materials and process engineer at Boeing and use many of the same principles in my job that I learned while working on events like Experimental Design, Water Quality, Can’t Judge A Powder and so many more. STEM outreach is now one of my biggest passions, and organizations such as Science Olympiad are paramount in getting kids interested in STEM careers. I still stay involved with Science Olympiad serving at regional and state competitions; it’s truly a joy to see the minds of future scientists and engineers at work.

– Kate Nolan, Engineer at The Boeing Company, St. Louis, MO

Flight Events Workshop

Have students that could use a little help with Wright Stuff, Elastic Launch Glider or Bottle Rockets?  Sign them up for the Science Olympiad Flight Workshop!  This is a half-day workshop for students to be held at in  the science wing of Putnam City High School, 5300 NW 50th Street, Oklahoma City in Saturday, November 8th.  The classes will start at 8:30 AM and end before noon.
These are hands-on workshops taught be Steve Goodgame, of BotBall, Matt Esker of the Sooner Flight Academy, and Bob Melton
Participants in the Wright Stuff and Elastic Launch Glider Workshops will learn about the rules of these events and will begin construction of aircraft using kits from Freedom Flight Models.  Materials for construction of one aircraft will be provided to each participating team, although supplies are limited and teams from the same school may be required to share during the workshop.  Bottle Rocket workshop will need to bring their own event-compatible soft drink bottle.
Questions about this workshop or it’s content?  Post to this message thread for answers.  Steve and Matt are in this Basecamp group.
Register for this workshop here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7XD8Y7V
Deadline for registration in Monday, November 3rd

Register NOW for the Broken Arrow Invitational

The Broken Arrow Invitational Tournament at Oneta Ridge Middle School will take place November 22nd.  Oneta Ridge is located at 6800 East Quincy Place, Broken Arrow, OK.

Register your team Today at this URL: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KZSZRL9
Every team MUST supply an event supervisor.  The registration form has a place for the contact information of your event supervisor(s) and the events they will supervise.  We will also keep a running record go the tournament events with identified supervisors on Oklahoma Science Olympiad Coach’s basecamp page.
Each team MUST be a paid member of the National Science Olympiad in order to participate in this tournament.

 

Casady School Event Mentoring Workshop

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Casady School is hosting a Science Olympiad “Mentoring Workshop” on Saturday, October 25, from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM on the campus of Casady School in OKC. The goal of this workshop is to bring together experienced mentors and Science Olympians from across Oklahoma as a means of encouraging growth in the students and their events. For example, a medical doctor might meet with students preparing for the “Anatomy and Physiology” event, or a geography teacher might mentor students in the “Road Scholar” event.

We need mentors! We are looking for teachers, coaches, parents, meteorologists, paleontologists, geologists, physicists, petroleum engineers, etc., who are willing to volunteer their time. On the morning of Saturday, October 25, mentors will host one or two 75-minute sessions wherein they will work with groups of students to help them prepare for specific events.

There will be two sessions: Session 1 will run from 8:30-9:45 AM, followed by a 30-minute break, and Session 2 will follow from 10:15-11:30 AM.

Mentor’s Workshop Information sheet

Please sign up at the link below if you are able to mentor for one or both sessions:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11jEwRMCkCBmsMedt4aJnyN9tzzdEYd6V66DtzgIwiEA/viewform?usp=send_form

Additionally, please share this link and information with anyone you think might have the time and expertise to mentor the Science Olympiad students. The “Mentoring Workshop” will only be as good as we make it; the more mentors we have, the more beneficial it will be for everyone involved. The workshop is new to the Oklahoma Science Olympiad program, and we are looking forward to the unique learning opportunity it provides the students.

For more information, please contact Shannon Semet or Bob Melton.

Coach and Event Supervisor Training THIS Weekend

A final reminder that we have a full day Coach and Event Supervisor training THIS Saturday, September 20 from 8 – 4 in Howell Hall on the Campus of the University of Central Oklahoma (where we hold the state tournament).  Parking is free and located to the southwest of the building (lot 17)
We have lunch provided courtesy of generous donations from Panera Bread, Deep Fork Grill and Jimmy John’s Sub’s.  We will also have Coffee and muffins in the morning.
The SO Training Program is attached.
We have designed the conference to be a full-day affair and the team of presenters will review each and every one of the 23 Division B and 23 Division C events.  Presenters include veteran Coaches and Event Supervisors who will spend 10-15 minutes on each event in their program area, reviewing the features and overall guidelines of the event and the specific guidelines for scoring.  There should be ample opportunities for questions during each event’s presentation, but we have also built in time for questions during lunch and the panel discussions for Coaches and the separate panel discussion for Event Supervisors.  In addition, we have a time for question after the conference.
We have structured things so that you could attend the morning-only or afternoon-only, if need be. We hope everyone will be in attendance for lunch (or benefactors have been generous).
Please pre-register to let us know you are attending.  Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q6SKSG8

2014-15 Olympiad Tournament Schedule Posted

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The Science Olympiad Rules Manuals have arrived, the Coaches and Event Supervisor Training is just around the corner, and the first SO Invitational Tournament is in November. Are you ready?

1. If you have yet to do so, sign up for the Coaches and Event Supervisor Training September 20th at UCO.  Details are in an earlier post.  Know a STEM professional who would be a good Event Supervisor?  Have them sign up.  They can attend all or part of the training.  Lunch will be provided.  Have parents or colleagues who will serve as mentors or who will serve in a support role for a team?  Have them sign up!  go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q6SKSG8 to register.

2. Formalize your membership in the Oklahoma Science Olympiad.  If you join before September 20th, you will receive your 2015 Science Olympiad Rules manual at the Training. That’s a lot less difficult than waiting for the the manual to arrive in the mail.  Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5CPPJMM to register your team.

Checks or  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 member teams can receive rule books or participate in tournaments.

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

This year, schools may enter as many teams in Division B or Division C as they wish to compete in invitational tournaments as well as the State Tournament.  However, EACH team must have a separate national/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.

3.  The first Invitation Tournament will be held November 22 and will be hosted by Broken Arrow.  Invitational Tournaments, especially those held early in the year, usually have a reduced set of events.  Instead of the full complement of 23 events in each Division, it is more likely to be 12-13.  In addition, Invitational tournaments usually require teams to BYOES (Bring Your Own Event Supervisor)  We have a number of events, especially those requiring construction and timed courses, that require specialized equipment and timers.  But even those events will need supervisors and helpers and many other events will not be offered if each team cannot provide a supervisor.  The tournament directors will coordinate events and assign supervisors with participating teams as tournament registration takes place.

The complete schedule is this:

November 22 – Broken Arrow (location TBD)

January 10 – Putnam City West HS

February 7 – Norman Public Schools (location TBD)

March 7 – State Tournament, University of Central Oklahoma