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 Elementary School 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 January 19 through March 9. Event practices will be held in 45-60 minute intervals, for up to 4 hours total, on Sunday afternoons (~11:AM to 3:PM?) at the University of Akron in the Goodyear Polymer Science (GDYR) building. Two or more events will practice simultaneously. Team members will compete in the King and Friends Science Olympiad on March 9.
How do students sign up? A parent or guardian must fill out the registration form and return it to the King Elementary School office by Friday, January 10, 2014, or preferably send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions? Call 330-972-7539 or e-mail 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.
(Sundays 1/26 – 3/9 in the Goodyear Polymer Center):
Garbage Wars (grades 2 to 4); coaches Madison Pugh & TBA. Teams will compete to make the most useful, most creative, most beautiful, or most "things" from thrown away objects.
Green Polymers (grades 4 to 6); coaches Cesar Lopez-Gonzalez, Brinda Mehta, and UAkron graduate students. Naturallly-occuring polymers include cellulose in wood and silk spun by spider silks. Other polymers can be made starting from naturally-occuring compounds like amino acids and vegetable oils. Team members will take advantage of the natural resources around them to make useful polymeric materials and composites.
Junior Forensics (grades 4 to 6); coach Ian McCullough. Team members will learn about a different aspect of forensic investigation each week: fingerprints, "blood" spatter, crime scene reconstruction and more.
Kids Kemistry (grades 2 to 4); coach Coleen Pugh. Kids will use and learn chemistry to make things that appeal to them: something good to eat, something gross they can use to play a trick on their brother or sister, etc.
Rock Hound (grades 2 to 4); coaches Lon Cseplo and 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?
Science Sampler (grades 2 to 3); coaches TBA
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 Mark Vopat. 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.