King and Friends Science Olympiad

  • King School students and "friends" in grades 2 to 6 can participate in Science Olympiad.
  • Team practices are held weekly (on Sundays) starting Sunday, January 22, 2017, and ending with the King and Friends Science Olympiad, Award Ceremony and Potluck on Sunday, March 5, 2017.

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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 knowledge of 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 benefit them 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 is 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 (on Sundays) from January 22nd through March 5th.
  • Event practices will be held in 45-60 minute intervals on Sunday afternoons (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) at The University of Akron in the Goodyear Polymer Center (GDYR) building.
  • Two or more events will practice simultaneously.
  • Sunday, March 5th includes the final competition and potluck awards celebration.

How do students sign up?

A parent or guardian must:



Text or call Janet Black at 330-631-4846 or Email her at minj55@live.com

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 assistant coaches where TBA is noted. You may also volunteer to assist in planning the potluck or to help while sessions are being held.

2017 Science Olympiad Event Descriptions (grades 2-3)

Brewing Root Beer (grades 2-3): Coach Robert Hernandez (assistant coach TBA). What might the ingredients be? And how do they work together? Explore the science behind this tasty treat as you brew up a cauldron of delicious delight.

Building Basics to Building Tech (grades 2-3): Coaches Madison Pugh and Sammy Bertram. Students will explore the fundamentals of building by creating a catapult and motorized toy car and boat.

Physics of Machines (grades 2-3): Coach Hank Schueler (assistant coach TBA). Levers and wheels and axles, oh my! Join us as we explore the world of simple machines. What do they do? How do they help us? May the "force" lead us to the answers to these important questions.

Science Sampler (grades 2-3): Coaches Coleen Pugh and Richard Lochrie. Students will investigate a variety of projects, such as a chemistry experiment, barge building, "estimania", and "sink or float".

2017 Science Olympiad Event Descriptions (grades 4-6)

Brewing Root Beer (grades 4-6): Coach Robert Hernandez (assistant coach TBA). What might the ingredients be? And how do they work together? Explore the science behind this tasty treat as you brew up a cauldron of delicious delight.

CSI Science (grades 4-6): Coach Laura Killian (assistant coach TBA). Come learn how to be a detective and solve mysteries! We will use basic science techniques to find clues to solve cases. Be prepared to learn about crime scenes, fingerprints, preserving physical evidence, and testing items from crime scenes. Your first test is to figure out how to register for this class! Starting now!

Smart Films (grades 4-6): Coach Yu Zhu. Students will assemble the electronic active thin films for various interesting applications.

Water Rockets (grades 4-6): Coaches Rodger Dilla and Kevin Endres. 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.