King Science Olympiad 2016

Sign Up for Science Olympiad!

  • King School students and "friends" in grades 2 to 6 can participate in Science Olympiad.
  • Team practices are held weekly and begin on Sundays, starting Sunday, February 21, 2016, and ending with the King and Friends Science Olympiad, Award Ceremony and Potluck on March 20, 2016.

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 from February 21st through March 20th. 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 20th.

How do students sign up? A parent or guardian must:
Register online at
Fill out the printable PDF registration form and return it to or the King School office by Tuesday February 15, 2016 for priority registration.

Any questions? Call 330-867-1139 or Email or

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.

Download the printable registration form.

2016 Event Descriptions

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.

The Lighter Side of Physics (grades 2 to 3): Coach Hank Scheuler (assistant coach TBA). It's all butterflies and rainbows. With the help of Roy G Biv, refraction, reflection and our students, we will:

  • Bend Light
  • Release the Rainbow
  • Make a Light Fountain
  • And, yes! Make Money Appear Before Your Eyes!
So bring your "suns" and daughters and shine with fascination at the wonderful properties that make physical light so amazing.

Water Rockets (grades 4 to 6): Coaches PSSO students from UA (Kevin, Roger, and Gabi). 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.

Hunting for Heartbeats (grades 2 to 3): Coach Andrea Jopperi (assistant coach TBA). Explore the wonders of the human cardiovascular system. We will learn about what blood is made of, and make our own blood model. We will also look at how blood flows through the body and heart. We will make our own stethoscopes and talk about what doctors listen for during a checkup.

Kids Kemistry (grades 2 to 3): Coaches Tyler Tommey, Abdala Bashir & the Pugh research group. Kids will explore different aspects of chemistry, including alchemy and chromatographic separations of common materials.

Wonderful World of Actions and Reactions (grades 4 to 6): Coach Paul Hiles (assistant coach TBA). We will expore properties of a variety of liquids from dyes, oils, water and milk. Come and see how to make things float, fizz, be invisible and more!