Purpose of the Activity
The purpose of Science Olympiad is to improve the quality of science education, increase student interest in science, and create a technologically literate workforce while providing recognition for outstanding achievement by students. These goals will be achieved by participating in Science Olympiad tournaments.
Students will be notified about team tryout information via the school's Daily Announcements. A virtual test and a take-home test will be used for tryouts. The take-home test and link/password to the virtual test will be emailed to students at the start of the school year.
Science Olympiad Team Parents - if you were an event coach in previous seasons, we encourage you to do so again this year! Last year we had some new parent event coaches and they learned a great deal from our previous coaches. We would like to continue the tradition of excellence by having strong parental involvement. If you have not considered being a parent event coach, you will be given plenty of opportunities to ask questions about it at this meeting.
Coaches are strongly encouraged to participate in the Great Lakes Coaches Clinic. You must register and pay to receive access to all clinic sessions (clinic session sign up begins mid-October). District 103 will reimburse event coaches for the registration fee.
Number of Participants
Thirty students will be split between two teams for all-season competitions. Two alternates will be selected based on try-out test scores and willingness to participate. Alternates will study events throughout the season and have the option to attend in-person competitions without necessarily competing. Alternates may be assigned to compete in events should team members become unavailable, scheduling presents conflicts that cannot be resolved using team members or any other unexpected issue.
Grade Level/s of Participants
Science Olympiad is open to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders.
Meeting Schedule and Location
- Season: Year-round
As of this posting, most competitions are being held virtually using a satellite or miniSO format (Scilympiad). Should this change and we are permitted to compete in person, the information will be provided immediately. Competitions/dates are subject to change (additional competitions may be added should they become available). This list is tentative, and team members may be challenged by changes in the competition schedule.
- October, Team Trials @ Daniel Wright Junior High
- November, Belleville Invite, Belleville, WI (Travel, overnight) - Possible Satellite or miniSO Format
- December, Boyceville Invite, Boyceville, WI (Travel, overnight) - Possible Satellite or miniSO Format
- January, Westlake Invite, Westlake, OH - Satellite platform (students will compete onsite @ DW & upload to Scilympiad program)
- January, Centerville Invite, Centerville, OH - Satellite platform (students will compete onsite @ DW & upload to Scilympiad program)
- February, BIRD SO, Los Angeles, CA - Satellite platform (over 7 days students will compete onsite @ DW & upload to Scilympiad program)
- March, Regionals @ College of Lake County Grayslake, IL
- April, State @ University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, IL
- May, Nationals @ CalTech, Pasadena, CA
Student Attendance Guidelines
Regular attendance at weekly event practices is expected. Students who commit to events must notify their event coach(es) if they cannot attend practice in advance. If participation in multiple events creates a conflict that prevents students from regular attendance at all events, the student may be asked to consider modifying their event participation so all practices can be attended regularly. Once event teams have been formed, the expectation is that students will attend weekly practices and be prepared to compete in at least four event teams for the duration of the season.
Students will not be permitted to request paring down their events to less than four events, or to opt-out of competition. Alternate team members are in place to "step in" for unexpected or unavoidable individual situations, but not to take a team member's place because the team member chooses not to fulfill the minimum requirements of team expectations.
On dates when the team leaves campus early for competitions, students must attend school for at least half of the school day. Parents/guardians will be required to contact the attendance office, and the student must be signed out prior to leaving for the competitions.
Specific Rules or Guidelines
The Daniel Wright Science Olympiad Team has a long-standing reputation for excellence. When students make the commitment to become a member of this team it is understood that they represent Daniel Wright Junior High School and District 103 not only during competition but during the duration of the season. Students are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. Students who exhibit questionable behavior may be subject to consequences at the discretion of the team coaches.
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