Casady School Event Mentoring Workshop


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:

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

2014-15 Olympiad Tournament Schedule Posted


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 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 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