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Welcome to the Oklahoma Science Olympiad.

For over 30 years, Science Olympiad has led 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 fifteen years, starting first with schools and students in Putnam City Schools and spreading to involve schools and students in large and small, public and private schools from across Oklahoma.

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.

Winter is the Time for Invitationals

2017 started off with the  Putnam City Invitational Tournament at Putnam City North on January 21st.  23 Division B teams and 9 Division C teams from across the state met at PCN in Oklahoma City for the first tournament of the new year.

Division B Team Results:

1st Place – Casady B2

2nd Place – Casady B16

3rd Place – Casady B26

Division C Team Results:

1st Place – Casady C3

2nd Place – Jenks C8

3rd Place – Southmoore C10

The next Invitational Tournament is February 18th in Durant, Oklahoma at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  This is a great tournament that will bring teams from across Oklahoma and a couple of teams from North Texas.  SEOSU is a great host and the faculty is “all in” to provide a great experience and a challenging competition.

Preliminary Rosters are due February 15th.  A Google map to the campus is found here: https://goo.gl/maps/bgWGBQfxxKQ2

 

Putnam City Invitational @ PC North

Registration for the Invitational at Putnam City North closes Wednesday, January 18 as does the filing of team Rosters.  The URL’s for Registration and Rostering are on the Oklahoma Science Olympiad Basecamp.

Need to know where PC North is located?  Need to scope out the locations from which to order lunch?

Check the map

See you @ PC North on the 21st!

Registration Now Open for the Putnam City Invitational @ Putnam City North, January 21st

Time to register your team for the Putnam City Invitational at PC North HS, January 21st, 2017 (map)
Registration is the first of a two-step process.  Once you have registered (Be sure to print out the registration so you will remember that you’ve already done that), the tournament directors will be able to plan logistics.  The tournament schedule has been posted on OK Science Olympiad Basecamp.
Approximately two weeks before the tournament we will post the form for submitting your team roster.  The roster form will close on Wednesday, January 18, but coaches will be able to make substitutions at the door.
Please observe the convention of providing a volunteer Event Supervisor to support this tournament.  It is best if the Event Supervisor is NOT a team coach. We already have a number of Event Supervisors scheduled to operate events, but we will post a list of events that need volunteers on Basecamp in early January.
Now is the time to make sure your business office has followed through with issuing purchase orders/ or checks to pay Science Olympiad memberships. Your team must be a member to participate in this tournament.  Membership for this year closes the first week of January.  And it is not too late to join!  If you are wavering or are not sure if there is enough time to be competitive this year, let me assure you that there is plenty of time and Science Olympiad is best done by plunging straight into it.
Here is the link to the tournament registration form:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PCRegistration

2017 Science Olympiad Rules App available NOW!

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The 2017 Mobile Rules App is in stores now and selling like hotcakes! There is an app for each Division (which is more like an e-book in terms of functionality); each are priced at $3.99, lower than the print manual cost.

Description:

  • The Science Olympiad Rules are essential tools for students, parents, teachers and supervisors involved in the largest team STEM competition in the US
  • These on-the-go Division B and C Rules are replicas of the printed rules found in the 2017 Science Olympiad Rules Manuals
  • The app contains all 23 Rules organized by standards-aligned categories: Life, Personal & Social Science, Earth & Space Science, Physical Science & Chemistry, Technology & Engineering and Inquiry & Nature of Science
  • Links to all the most popular sections of the Science Olympiad website let you travel in and out of the app to check Policies, FAQs, Rules Clarifications, General Rules and more

Links:

Apple iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/so-mobile-b-17/id1158007813?mt=8

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/so-mobile-c-17/id1158053433?mt=8

Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.scienceolympiad.div_b_17

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.scienceolympiad.div_c_17

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD SUMMER INSTITUTE

It is not too early to sign up for this great workshop!

The Summer Institute sold out last year before June 10th, so plan to register early! 

Plan now to attend the July 17-21, 2017, Science Olympiad Summer Institute, held at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. Please Register early as the Institute has sold out early for the past four years!

University Credit: If you are interested in obtaining two (2) hours of Graduate Level Professional Development Credit from the University of the Pacific (Course PEDD 9033), please register online or complete and mail the UOP Course Form. The UOP Registration fee is separate from the Institute fee. The forms are not generally available until after May 1st. Please call the University of the Pacific if you need help at 209-946-2424. See UOP Letter and only contact University of the Pacific with questions regarding credit. Registrants are expected to attend thirty (30) contact hours of instructions and submit a report on how they plan to implement what they have learned related to standards-based student instruction.

Background Information: The annual Science Olympiad Summer Institute (SOSI) is an excellent opportunity for secondary school (grades 6-12) teachers, coaches, event supervisors, tournament personnel and administrators to get the most up-to-date information about all 46 Science Olympiad events. Many Science Olympiad coaches at state and national tournaments attribute their success to concepts learned at the SOSI.  Nearly 100% rate the SOSI as very good or excellent and come away feeling as if their “batteries are recharged!” Comments from previous Science Olympiad Summer Institutes:

“This was my first institute and I loved it! The presenters were absolutely fabulous, and I enjoyed the hands-on activities and the discussions with other coaches.”

“I loved the hands-on chemistry opportunities provided in the sessions. Some of the techniques were brand-new to me, so the personal practice and guidance were invaluable! I’ve gained many new resources and ideas for my own classroom as well as for my Science Olympiad students. I plan to return next year!”

“The human resources were the most helpful. I liked the enthusiastic and friendly participants; they were inspiring. I saw competitiveness, but it was in the spirit of bringing out the best in everyone. Thank you!”

Many sessions are presented by by National Event Supervisors and Committee Chairs. The SOSI provides in-depth coverage of all 46 events. Course attendees will experience five days and four nights of sessions and meetings designed to improve any school’s Science Olympiad program and help meet state core curriculum science benchmarks and standards. Registration includes course fee, room and board, and a preview of the incoming Rules for both Division B and C. Educators are eligible to apply for Title 2 Teacher Quality program funds by contacting their school district science curriculum administrator.

Registration for the Broken Arrow Invitational at Oneta Ridge MS is Open

Time to register your team for the Broken Arrow Invitational at Oneta Ridge Middle School on November 19th.
Registration is the first of a two-step process.  Once you have registered (Be sure to print out the registration so you will remember that you’ve already done that), the tournament directors will be able to plan logistics.  The tentative tournament schedule should be posted in a couple of weeks.
Approximately two weeks before the tournament we will post the form for submitting your team roster.  The roster form will close on Wednesday, November 16, but coaches will be able to make substitutions at the door.
Please observe the convention of providing a volunteer Event Supervisor to support this tournament.  It is best if the Event Supervisor is NOT a team coach. We already have a number of Event Supervisors scheduled to operate events, but Sarah Bailey, the BA Tournament Director, will soon post a list of events that need volunteers on Basecamp.  You can communicate with her there.
Now is the time to make sure your business office has followed through with issuing purchase orders/ or checks to pay Science Olympiad memberships. Your team must be a member to participate in this tournament.
And it is not too late to join!  If you are wavering or are not sure if there is enough time to be competitive this year, let me assure you that there is plenty of time and Science Olympiad is best done by plunging straight into it.
Here is the link to the tournament registration form:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BAregistration

Reminder: Science Olympiad Coach/Event Supervisor Training September 24th

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Register to attend the annual Oklahoma Science Olympiad training conference, Saturday, September 24th at the University of Central Oklahoma in Howell Hall.  This is a FULL DAY (8 AM – 4 PM) training for coaches and event supervisors.  We review each and every one of the 23 events in Division B and in Division C as well as have sessions specific to Science Olympiad Coaches and Olympiad Event Supervisors.
The workshop is free and lunch is provided!  Coaches of teams that have joined the Oklahoma Science Olympiad for this year prior to September 24th will be able to pick up their official rules manual at the conference.
The program schedule can be downloaded here – 2016-17 Training Program.  Parking is free on Saturday at UCO and lot 17 is closest to Howell Hall.  Download the campus parking map here – UCO parking map
Sign up for the Science Olympiad Training Conference here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S6QCDZC
 
September 22nd is the deadline to register for the conference.

Important Science Olympiad Links and Policies

On the national website (www.soinc.org), you’ll see updated information for 2017. Below are the event links so students and coaches know where to look for study materials, and Event Supervisors know where to look for help.
Science Olympiad will be adding information to these pages throughout the fall, including Score Sheets and Check Lists for device events, more Event Supervisor Guides and the Event Logistics Chart.
All State Chapters should be following the Policies listed here: (Coaches and Event Supervisors must be familiar with the policies and should download and file them)
Please pay special attention to Eye Protection classifications, Laser Use and Team Qualification Policies, especially as they relate to home schools. Invitational Tournament Directors should review them as well before the season begins.
Invitational Directors need to follow all direction listed here: