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Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad allows students to compete in 23 different Science events. This activity is open to all students; however, students must be strong in two events (Sixth Grade) or three events (Seventh and Eighth Grades) to participate in the competitive team.

Events include:
Amazing Mechatronics
Battery Buggy
Circuit Lab
Crime Busters
Density Lab
Disease Detectives
Duct Tape Challenge
Dynamic Planet
Elastic Launch Gliders
Ping Pong Parachute
Potions & Poisons
Road Scholar
Roller Coaster
Solar System
Water Quality
Write It, Do It

Practices are held regularly from 2:40 to 3:40 p.m., but the day and location of practice varies by event. Practice will begin on Monday, October 29, 2018. All information for students who have signed up is available in Google Classroom. Interested students are encouraged to visit the North Carolina Science Olympiad website.

The Science Olympiad mission is to promote and improve student interest in Science and to improve the quality of K-12 Science education throughout the nation.

The Science Olympiad vision to accomplish this mission is:

  • To create a passion for learning Science by supporting elementary and secondary Science Olympiad tournaments at building, district, county, state, and national levels, with an emphasis on teamwork and a commitment to excellence.
  • To improve the quality of K-12 Science education throughout the nation by changing the way Science is perceived and the way it is taught, with an emphasis on problem-solving and hands-on, minds-on Constructivist learning practices. This goal is accomplished through in-depth core curriculum training workshops and the distribution of curriculum materials to thousands of teachers.
  • To celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievement of both students and teachers in the areas of Science and Technology by awarding thousand of certificates, medals, trophies, and scholarships.
  • To promote partnerships among community, businesses, industry, government, and education.

The specific purposes of Science Olympiad tournaments are:

  • To bring Science to life, to show how Science works, to emphasize problem-solving aspects of Science and the understanding of Science concepts.
  • To develop teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students.
  • To make Science education more exciting so more students will enroll in Science courses and engage in other Science activities like Science reading, fairs, meetings, and field trips.
  • To promote high levels of achievement and a commitment to excellence and to demonstrate that American students can perform at levels that surpass expectations of even practicing scientists and engineers.
  • To attract more students, particularly females and minorities, to professional and technical careers in Science, Technology, and Science teaching.

Regional Competition – February 23, 2019, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at FTCC
Opening/Parade of Champions – April 26, 2019, at NCSU
State Competition – April 27, 2019, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., at NCSU

Published by Mary Potter on November 2, 2018
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