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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.

Tishomingo Invitational Venue Change

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The venue for the Tishomingo Invitational Tournament has changed.  A big thank you to the faculty and staff of Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant for agreeing to host the Invitational on short notice and the Tournament Director Shelena Thomas for doing the leg work to make it happen.

Thank You!

Registration for the tournament continues at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZN87GSX

Roster submission will open later this week.

 

Casady Invitational Tournament

How surprising was that?  The forecast “light dusting” of snow that took place at my house was something all together different as I approached Casady School early Saturday morning just 4 miles to the east.  Most of the localized snow dump took place just as teams were arriving, but by the start of the tournament, there was only the 30 MPH wind and bitter wind chill with which to contend.

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But everybody took it in stride and Casady hosted a great tournament.  Only one event had to be cancelled!

Tournament Results:

Division B

1st Place – Casady B15

2nd Place – Casady B16

3rd Place – Whittier B12

Division C

1st Place – Casady C6

2nd Place – Norman North C2

3rd Place – Jenks C1

Casady MS Coach Aric Sappington checking logistics with a student before the start of the tournament.

Casady MS Coach Aric Sappington checking logistics with a student before the start of the tournament.

Putnam City High School Coach Benton Shriver and PC West Coach Jan Watson warming up in the cafeteria before the start of competition

Putnam City High School Coach Benton Shriver and PC West Coach Jan Watson warming up in the cafeteria before the start of competition

Event Supervisor Mark Fuller checking in a rocket with a competitor on the field at the Bottle Rocket event.

Event Supervisor Mark Fuller checking in a rocket with a competitor on the field at the Bottle Rocket event.

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Getting the bridge position just right.

Getting the bridge position just right.

Event Supervisor Benton Shriver grading and scoring.

Event Supervisors  grading and scoring.

The awards presentations.

The awards presentations.

The next Invitational tournament will take place February 6th at Murray State College in Tishomingo. This a great opportunity for students to visit a college campus and is the first time we have held a Science Olympiad event in southern Oklahoma.  We anticipate at least one team from Texas to attend as well!  Registration will open next week and the Roster form will be posted a week or so before the tournament (Do Not Forget To Submit You Roster Online no later than Wednesday, February 3rd.  Submitted Rosters can be modified on-site)

Norman Invitational at Washington Irving Middle School

14 Division B and 5 Division C teams competed in Saturday’s Tournament at Washington Irving Middle School in Norman.  Special thanks to Matt McCoy and his team of colleagues and volunteers for putting on the event.  Results of the tournament were:

Division B:

1st Place Casady B15

2nd Place Casady B16

3rd Place Whittier B 12

Division C:

1st Place Casady C6

2nd Place (tie) Casady C7, Norman North C2

Individual event results are posted on the OK Science Olympiad Basecamp site.

The next Invitational Tournament (yes, all Oklahoma Science Olympiad member teams are invited) is January 9th at Casady School in Oklahoma City.  Registration (which tells organizers which teams plan to attend)opens December 13th. The roster (which tells organizers which students will be competing) will open this week AND WILL CLOSE JANUARY 6TH!

Arrival

Arrival

Sign up for event times

Sign up for event times

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Robot Arm

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Awards

Awards

Putnam City High School and a big friend from Irving.

Putnam City High School and a big friend from Irving.

 

Broken Arrow Invitational @ Oneta Ridge

Last Saturday featured the first Invitational Tournament of the season at Oneta Ridge Middle School in Broken Arrow.  Nineteen teams competed in 19 C and 21 B events.

Division B results:

  1. Casady B15
  2. Casady B16
  3. Oneta Ridge B4

Division C results:

  1. Casady C6
  2. Norman North C2
  3. Union C12

Next stop: December 12th in Norman at Washington Irving Middle School.  Registration is open now!

 

 

2015-2016 Tournament Schedule

The training conference for Coaches and Event Supervisors is over (we had a great time by the way.  Thank you Jimmy John’s, the Santiago family’s McDonald franchise, and Target for their donations), and so now it’s time to concentrate on the TOURNAMENTS!
Invitational Tournaments are open to all registered and paid members of the Oklahoma Science Olympiad.  Have YOU paid your 2015-16 membership fee?
November 21 – Broken Arrow, Oneta Ridge MS
December 12 – Norman, Irving MS
January 9 – Casady School, Oklahoma City
February 6 – Murray State College, Tishomingo
State Tournament
March 5 – UCO, Edmond
Details to follow.

Training Conference Program

The Oklahoma Science Olympiad Training Conference is this Saturday, 26th in Howell Hall on the Campus of the University of Central Oklahoma.  A campus map can be downloaded here.  The program can be downloaded here.  Parking is free.  The conference is free.  Lunch is free.  The information is invaluable.

See you there!

 

 

Still Time to Register for the Training Conference

If you have not yet enrolled in this Saturday’s (September 26) Science Olympiad training conference, please remember that Wednesday is the last day to do so.  enroll now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LXW93GP

We have a special event for new and nearly new participating schools!

Event Supervisor and Science Olympiad Alumnus Aaron Washburn has developed a list of must-have items that every Science Olympiad team needs to get started:

19in Tool Tote

7 pc Plier Set

6in Coping Saw

16oz Claw Hammer

Adjustable Screw Driver

3pk Super Glue

40pc SAE & Metric Socket Set

12in Stainless Steel Ruler

8in Adjustable Wrench

Large Utility Knife

3/8in Electric Drill

13pc Drill Bit Set

12in Quick Release Bar Clamp

6in Quick Release Bar Clamp

2xNut and Bolt Assortment Set

25’ Tape Measurer

Small C-Clamp

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If you shop well, the total cost for these items is a bit over $100.  But Aaron has pulled together 2 of these “starter kits” which we give as door prizes at the training Saturday.  The door prizes are limited to teams who first joined the Science Olympiad last year or this year.

What a great way to start a new team!

Still time to register for the September 26th Science Olympiad Training!

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Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LXW93GP to reserve your place in this full day (8-4) of training in Howell Hall on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma

Registration closes at the end of the day Wednesday, September 23rd!

The conference is free and lunch is provided.

Trainers for this conference have set up a full schedule designed to get you set up and ready for the 2015-16 tournament season.

Trainers include:

Diane Herron – Bartlesville

Aaron Washburn – Tinker AFB

Shannon Semet – Casady

Aric Sappington – Casady

Sarah Bailey – Broken Arrow

Gayle Hahn – Broken Arrow

Our trainers provide a wealth of knowledge and experience that they will be able to share in this full-day workshop.  Their primary goal is to provide you with an overview of each of the 23 events in each division of this years Science Olympiad program. Along the way they will provide helpful hints and insights based upon their experiences in Science Olympiad at the state and national level.  Many have attended the National Science Olympiad Training Conference, most have been coaches for many years, and one was a student in a Science Olympiad program in middle and high school and is now in a STEM career field.

Download the program schedule: 15-16 SO Training Program

Each division will follow a separate strand which will review each of the 23 events in this year’s tournament catalog.  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 2016 Science Olympiad rule books have arrived and will be available for teams who have paid by check or Purchase Order for 2015-16 membership.  We will not be able to process payments at the conference.

 

Science Olympiad National Tournament Follow Up

Great to see so many of you at the 2015 Science Olympiad National Tournament at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln — the committee did a fantastic job and we couldn’t be prouder! All your teams were absolutely incredible, and the kids had such a great time.

Full results and Top 6 places for each event posted:

http://soinc.org/2015_national_tournament

For both Divisions B and C, Top 6 Team photos, action shots and Medal Winners photos posted :

https://www.facebook.com/SOAlumniNetwork

Archived live stream of Opening and Division B and C Awards Ceremonies posted:

https://www.youtube.com/user/ScienceOlympiadTV

A quick scan of the Top 6 Medalists in each Division reveals:

Division B medal winners were 57% male, 43% female
Division C medal winners were 71% male, 29% female

Both of those beat national averages of women in STEM, and the percentage of girls on teams is even higher that those percentages for the Top 6 places.

39 of our 49 state organizations came away with a Top 6 medal, Top 10 Placement, or one of the special prizes like scholarships, the Spirit Award, DuPont Team Enterprise Award, Coaching Excellence Award, STEM Expo iPad winner and the ACE Hardware Science Star contest winner. (2015NatTournPrizeWINNERS) That’s awesome!!

Check our Twitter feed for lots of media stories, accolades and proclamations from local and state politicians and school boards, and great photos of happy kids.

https://twitter.com/SOAlumniNetwork
Search: #SO2015UNL, Science Olympiad and #scienceolympiad

Jenny Kopach
Science Olympiad
VP Marketing Communications