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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.

TROY HIGH SCHOOL AND DANIEL WRIGHT JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS CROWNED CHAMPIONS AT 33rd ANNUAL SCIENCE OLYMPIAD NATIONAL TOURNAMENT; CHICAGO-AREA DANIEL WRIGHT BACK-TO-BACK WINNER

DAYTON, Ohio — Student teams from Troy High School in Fullerton, California, and Daniel Wright Junior High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois, took top honors at the 33rd Annual Science Olympiad National Tournament at Wright State University on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

“We are proud of the achievements of these winning teams and know their schools and communities will welcome them home like champions,” said Dr. Gerard Putz, Science Olympiad president and co-founder. “These students and teachers exemplify the best America has to offer in science, technology, engineering and math.”

One of the nation’s most prestigious science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions, Science Olympiad brings together 120 winning middle school and high school teams advancing from state-level competitions this spring. Rigorous hands-on and lab events led by experts from government agencies, top universities, industry and Science Olympiad state chapters cover topics in robotics, physics, epidemiology, astronomy, chemistry, meteorology, coding and engineering. A full list of 2017 national tournament award recipients and official tournament results, including event-by-event scoring is posted here:

https://www.soinc.org/2017-national-tournament

Other top high school (Division C) winners at the National Tournament include:

– Second: Harriton High School, Rosemont, Pennsylvania

– Third: Solon High School, Solon, Ohio

– Fourth: Northville High School, Northville, Michigan

– Fifth: Mira Loma High School, Sacramento, California

– Sixth: William P. Clements High School, Sugar Land, Texas

– Seventh: Mounds View High School, Arden Hills, Minnesota

– Eighth: Liberal Arts and Science Academy, Austin, Texas

– Ninth: New Trier High School, Winnetka, Illinois

– Tenth: Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, Illinois
Other top middle school (Division B) winners at the National Tournament include:

– Second: Winston Churchill Middle School, Carmichael, California

– Third: Solon Middle School, Solon, Ohio

– Fourth: Meads Mill Middle School, Northville, Michigan

– Fifth: Beckendorff Junior High School, Katy, Texas

– Sixth: Longfellow Middle School, Falls Church, Virginia

– Seventh: Piedmont IB Middle School, Charlotte, North Carolina

– Eighth: Marie Murphy Middle School, Wilmette, Illinois

– Ninth: Springhouse Middle School, Allentown, Pennsylvania

– Tenth: Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School, Setauket, New York

Winners of the Science Olympiad will be offered scholarships to Wright State. All official members of the first- place team in Division B and Division C will receive a $2,500 scholarship, renewable for four years. In both divisions, the university will also award $1,000 scholarships to the first-place winners of each individual event, also renewable for four years. All awards are subject to admission requirements.

Teams from North Bethesda Middle School in Bethesda, Maryland, and Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, Georgia, earned the 2017 Lockheed Martin Spirit Award (including $2,000 for their team), which recognizes schools whose team members exhibit exemplary sportsmanship, teamwork, team spirit and respect that exemplify the spirit of Science Olympiad competition. In addition, Mentor High School from Mentor, Ohio, and Baker Middle School in Troy, Michigan, won the DuPont Team Enterprise Awards, recognizing a breakout performance by a team at the National Tournament.

Rank order for Division B and Division C – May 20, 2017

State Tournament March 25th – Be There!

Saturday, March 25th

The University of Central Oklahoma

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The Oklahoma Science Olympiad State Tournament

UCO plays host once again to the Science Olympiad State Tournament.  Teams representing public and private middle and high schools from across Oklahoma will engage in competition over the range of 46 STEM events in 2 divisions. The individual tournament events are produced by Event Supervisors who are themselves engaged in  STEM professions or who are STEM undergraduate and graduate students at UCO, OSU and OU.  The STEM professionals include professors and researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Rose State College, Oklahoma Mesonet, and the University of Central Oklahoma.

For the past 33 years, Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to 7,600 teams in 50 states. Science Olympiad’s ever-changing line-up of events in all STEM disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices, and energizes classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience.

The March 25th tournament will identify the Middle School team and the High School team that will each represent Oklahoma in the National Science Olympiad Tournament at Wright State University in May.

 

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.