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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.

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.

Putnam City Tournament Cancelled

There are many uncertainties concerning the winter weather system that is entering the state, but it is certain that there will be significant icing for some of our participating schools and that if schools are closed for weather, it will be Friday when that occurs.  That, combined with single digit temperatures and overnight re-freezing of whatever falls on Friday has led us to think that the best choice is to cancel the Putnam City Tournament.  That way Coaches, bus drivers, parents, Olympians, and Event Supervisors can be notified and you are not trapped into desperately trying to contact parents and children at the last minute should Putnam City Schools cancels classes Friday making it impossible for us to set up the tournament. We also don’t want you slip-slidin’ away…

We are looking to see if we can book either Putnam City High School or Putnam City West on January 11th or 18th.  I’ll post that information as soon as it becomes available.

Time to Register for Putnam City Tournament.

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Ready to register your team for the December 7th Tournament at Putnam City High School?

You can do so on-line using this link: Click here to Register 
This form is just the second step in the process.  You must first have paid for National Science Olympiad Membership through your membership in the OK Science Olympiad or Another State Science Olympiad.
Tournament details, including the event schedule will be posted on Basecamp in the near future.


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As always, if you know any STEM professionals who you could recommend to be event supervisors for this, or any other Science Olympiad Tournament this year, please verify with them and send their contact information to Bob Melton - bmelton@putnamcityschools.org

Register for the Season’s First SO Tournament

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Ready to register your team for the November 16 Tournament in Broken Arrow?
You can do so on-line using this link: Click here to Register 
This form is just the second step in the process.  You must first have paid for National Science Olympiad Membership through your membership in the OK Science Olympiad or Another State Science Olympiad.
This is the first Oklahoma Science Olympiad Tournament ever  held outside the Oklahoma City Metro area.  You don’t want to miss it either!
Tournament details, including the event schedule will be posted on Basecamp in the near future.
If you know any STEM professionals who you could recommend to be event supervisors for this, or any other Science Olympiad Tournament this year, please verify with them and send their contact information to Bob Melton - bmelton@putnamcityschools.org