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Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad

Participation Details
  • NDES students in grades 6-8
  • Attend the Science Olympiad Information meeting on September 4, 2019
  • Register below between September, 4 - September 11, 2019.
Preparation Dates
  • Practices: Wednesdays, September 18 - November 20
    • 3:00 - 3:30pm and
    • 3:30 - 4:00pm
    • Students are asked to participate in TWO events 
    • Practices will continue every Wednesday and include Wednesday Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Jan. 8 and Jan. 15.
Competition Dates
  • Invitational: Kenston High School - Saturday, January 18, 2020 (times are to be TBD)

 What is Science Olympiad?

For over 30 years, Science Olympiad has been North America’s most prestigious team science and technology competition. Last year over 300 teams made up of more than 4,500 Ohio students participated in the fun and learning that are inherent in the competition. A strong emphasis is placed on active, hands-on participation, social development, leadership, and problem-solving skills, to motivate and energize students to excel in and out of the classroom. Students demonstrate their skills and knowledge by participating in competitions that are similar to academic track meets.
Click here to learn more about the Science Olympiad organization.

Event Descriptions

Anatomy & Physiology: This event encompasses the anatomy of the human body systems:  cardiovascular, lymphatic and excretory. 

Battery Buggy: Teams will construct  a vehicle that uses electrical energy as its sole means of propulsion, quickly travles a specified distance, and stops as close as possible to the target point. 
Boomilever: Teams will design and build a Boomilever meeting requirements specified in the rules supporting a minimum load and to achieve the highest structural efficiency. 
Circuit Lab: Participants must complete  tasks and answer questions about electricity and magnetism.
Crime Busters: Given a scenario, a collection of evidence, and possible suspects, students will perform a series of tests that along with other evidence will be used to solve a crime. 
Density Lab: Participants compete in activities and answer questions about mass, density, number density, area density, concentration, pressure and buoyancy. 
Disease Detectives: Participants will use investigative skills in the scientific study of disease, injury, health and disability in populations or groups of people.
Dynamic Planet: Students will use process skills to complete tasks related to glaciers, glaciation and long-term climate change. 
Elastic Launched Glider: Prior to the tournament teams design, construct, and test elastic launched gliders to achieve the maximum time aloft. 
Experimental Design:  This event will determine a participant's ability to design, conduct and report the findings of an experiment conducted entirely on site.
Fossils: Teams demonstate their knowledge of ancient life by completing selected tasks at a series of stations including but not limited to fossil identification, answering questions about classification, habitat, ecologic relationships, behaviors, environmental adaptations and the use of fossils to date and correlate rock units. 
Game On: This event will determine a team's ability to design and build an original computer game using the program Scratch incorporating the scientific theme provided by the supervisor. 
Heredity: Participants will solve problems and analyze data or diagrams using their knowledge of the basic priniciples of genetics.
Herpetology: Participants will be assessed on their knowledge of amphibians and reptiles.
Meteorology: This event emphasizes understanding of basic meteorological principles with emphasis on anlysis and interpretation of meteorological data, graphs, charts and images.
Mystery Architecture: At the beginning of the event, teams will be givne a bag of building materials and instructions for designing and building a decice that can be tested.
Potions and Poisons: This event is about chemical properties and effects of specified toxic and therapeutic chemical substances, with a focus on household and environmental toxins or poisons.
Road Scholar: Participants will answer interpretive questions that may use one or more state highway maps, USGS topographic maps, Internet-generated maps, a road atlas or satellite/aerial images. 
Roller Coaster: Prior to the competition, teams design, build, and test a roller coaster track to guide a ball or sphere that uses gravitational potential energy as its sole means of propulsion to travel as cloase as possible to a target time.
Solar System: Students will demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the geologic  characteristics and evolution of the Earth's moon and other rocky bodies  of the solar system. 
Thermodynamics: Teams must construct an insulated device prior to the tournament that is designed to retain heat and complete a written test on thermodynamic concepts. 
Water Quality: Participants will be assessed on their understanding and evaluation of aquatic environments.  
Write It/Do It:  One student will write a description of an object and how to build it, and then the other student will attempt to contstruct the object from this description.