AnnouncementsGeneral Interest meetings will be held after school (3-3:30 PM) on Wednesday 10/24 and Thursday 10/25, as well as during WIN on Thursday 10/25. Students should only attend one meeting. Attending a general interest meeting is a requirement for participating on Diamond's team.About Science OlympiadWhat is Science Olympiad?The Science Olympiad Team is for 45 students who are interested in science, engineering, and technology. The teams will prepare for the state competition at Assumption College in Worcester, MA on Saturday March 23, 2019. While there, each student competes in 2 to 4 events; as a team, we compete in a total of 23 events. Our Varsity Team has come in second or third for the last few years, while students on our Alternate Teams have medaled in many events.
What are the twenty-three Events in this year’s competition?Building Events:Battery BuggyRoller CoasterBoomileverElastic-Launched GliderLab Events:Crime BustersCircuit LabDensity LabExperimental DesignGame OnMystery ArchitectureOpticsPotions & PoisonsThermodynamicsWrite It Do It (WIDI)Study Events:Anatomy and PhysiologyDisease DetectivesDynamic PlanetFossilsHeredityHerpetologyMeteorologyRoad ScholarSolar SystemWater Quality
When do practices start? We don’t exactly have “practices”, but we have coaching or preparation for the different events. Practices will begin the first week of November. Each student's practice time depends on their specific events. Students are also expected to spend time preparing outside of school, especially if they are on the Varsity time.
When will the team be chosen? We will make final team selections in December. Please keep in mind that we often have upwards of 60 students interested in Sci Oly, and there are only 45 spots on the team (15 varsity and 30 alternates). As a result, not everyone will "make the team". The head coaches make as many matches as possible between the events that each student is interested in, the student’s schedule, the event coach’s schedule, and need for each team to have a pair of competitors in each event. We can have one Varsity Team and two Alternate Teams – and each student on an Alternate Team does compete at the state competition! If you do not qualify for the team, you are still welcome to come to practices for fun, to learn more, and to have a better chance of earning a spot on next year's team!
What is required of team members? Science Olympians must come to coaching sessions and must follow through on independent preparation as well. All team members MUST attend one or two coaching sessions per week in the fall (through December), and two or three sessions per week from January until the competition in mid-March. Varsity AND Alternate students may not miss more than 2 consecutive practices for any of their events-- otherwise, your spot may be given to another student. Students on the team should also plan to go to a Saturday morning “practice tournament” in December and/or January (details TBA), and must also be committed to going to the all-day state competition. (On that day, we leave Diamond on a bus at 7:00 am, and get back around 6:00 pm.).Is the state competition the only “meet”? Yes, but we are currently looking into attending one or two practice events!
Parent and High School volunteers are needed to help with the team! Please e-mail Annabel Stoler (email@example.com) or Ken Dautrich (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are available to help.(Please go to the national organization’s home page – www.soinc.org – to learn about the organization as a whole.)