What is Science Olympiad? Science Olympiad is a national program in which students learn science through active, hands-on participation, with an emphasis on problem solving and team-building skills. Students participate in events designed to be fun, exciting, and challenging. Some events require knowledge of science facts and concepts, while others rely on scientific processes, skills, or applications; therefore, students with varying abilities and skills can participate. The team spirit and good citizenship that students develop will be beneficial throughout their lives.
Who can participate? Every King student, former King students, and friends from neighboring areas in grades 2 to 6 are eligible to practice for up to four events. It's fun and like being in a science club. Students are encouraged to sign up to practice for more than one event.
Where and when will practices be held? Team practices will take place weekly from February 8th (off on February 15th) through March 29th. Event practices will be held in 45-60 minute intervals, for up to 4 hours total, on Sunday afternoons (11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) at The University of Akron in the Goodyear Polymer Center (GDYR) building. Two or more events will practice simultaneously. Team members will compete in the King and Friends Science Olympiad on March 29th.
How do students sign up? A parent or guardian must:
Register online at https://akron.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8es3EUzHDBIi9St
Fill out the printable PDF registration form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org or the King School office by Tuesday February 3, 2015 for priority registration.
Any questions? Call 330-867-1139 or Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Who are the coaches? Coaches are parents, older siblings, and community members who have volunteered to teach students the rules and scientific concepts for their respective events, along with problem solving and team-building skills.
What do parents/guardians need to do? Science Olympiad is made possible through the volunteer efforts of parents and community members. In the descriptions below, we need coaches and/or assistant coaches where TBA is noted; we can provide contacts for parents who have previously coached these events. You may also volunteer to act as an assistant or apprentice coach.
Mystery Architecture (grades 2 to 3): Coaches Madison Pugh & Coleen Pugh. Each team will be given a bag of materials (such as paper, tape, Styrofoam and paper clips) to build a structure that can support a tennis ball. The tallest structure wins.
States of Matter (grades 2 to 3): Coaches Tyler Tommey & UA Grad students. Students will explore and identify the properties of each of the states of matter.
Safety? Seriously? Yah! (grades 2 to 6): Coach Dave Tiller and TBA. Try your skills on a CPR doll before you try to save your little brother. Learn how to put out a fire. Can cold burn? Play Hazardous Label Wheel of Fortune. All this and more when you flirt with danger while learning to be safe.
Rock Hound (grades 2 to 3): Coaches Lon Cseplo & Quinn Toth-Cseplo. Team members will be presented with sample rocks and asked a set of multiple-choice questions about each, such as: What type of rock is it? How is it used? How does it react with other compounds?
Chemistry and Light (grades 4 to 6): Coach Adam Smith. Chemists use light in the laboratory to measure solutions and investigate chemical reactions. Students will explore the properties of light and how it interacts with chemical in solution. Students will learn basic skills in optics, electronics and chemistry. The final project will combine these skills to build a simple device to measure the spectrum of visible light.
Smart Film (grades 4 to 6): Coach Yu Zhu. Students will assemble the electronic active thin films for various interesting applications.
Water Rockets (grades 4 to 6): Coach(es) TBA. Students will build a rocket, in advance, out of a 2-liter soda bottle, making alterations each week and adding a parachute to help it stay aloft. The rocket that stays in the air the longest will be the winner.