National Science Olympiad (NSO)
Science Olympiad is a high school team competition that tests knowledge of various science topics and engineering ability. Team members compete against other high schools at selected invitational tournaments as well as regional, state, and national competitions. A team consists of 15 members that compete in 23 different events. Some events may invovle tests, lab work, building skills, or any combination thereof.
Teamwork, group planning, and cooperation are critical for success in the competitions. The emphasis is on learning, participation, having fun, and developing team spirit. Ohio has been part of the National Science Olympiad program for more than 25 years, and state participation ranks in the top six of the 48 states currently involved.
Mr. Brad Kassner, Science Teacher 461.3740 x471 | email | Rm. 213
Ms. Andrea Varney, Science Teacher 461.3740 x415 | email
Science Olympiad can fulfill the honors project requirement for the honors science classes. Students will need to complete a portfolio that summarizes knowledge gained and work done for the Science Olympiad Team, as well as maintain a Science Olympiad Journal.
Participants are required to pay a $35 participation fee for supplies and t-shirt.
- Anatomy and Phys (respiratory, excretory, digestive)
- Disease Detectives (food borne illness)
- Microbe Mission
- Water Quality
- Dynamic Planet (earth's fresh water)
- Remote Sensing (human impact)
- Rocks and Minerals
- Sounds of Music
- Chem Lab
- Protein Modeling
- Gravity Vehicle
- Robot Arm
- Experimental Design
- Fermi Questions
- Technical Problem Solving
- Wite it Do it
All of these descriptions are available at http://soinc.org/2012_div_c_events
How Do We Choose Teams?
Open tryouts are held on September 6, 7 and 8 before school at 7:15 a.m. in room 233. Please let Mr. Kassner know if you cannot make one of these dates. The tryout will consist of a comprehensive science test as well as an informal essay. We will aim to keep 35 members for our team.
How Often Do We Practice?
We will practice two times a week from October through March, mostly in the mornings. All members are required to appear at all practices, so please plan accordingly!
Daily Practice Schedule (Approximately 1 HR, 15 MINs)
- Team meeting to set schedule and announcements
- Individual journal and planning time
- Individual event meetings to research or practice skills
- End of practice prayer
When Do We Compete?
All of our competitions happen on Saturdays starting in January. We will compete in a minimum of five events, with one event being an overnight stay for the Solon Invitational. Playing a winter sport is not recommended!
Jan. 7, 2012 - Northmont Invitational
Jan 28, 2012 - Wright State University Invitational
Feb. 4, 2012 - Solon Invitational
March 3, 2012 - West Liberty Salem Invitational
March 17, 2012 - Piqua Regional
April 28, 2012 - Ohio State Championships
Science Olympiad Expectations
Working as a team to achieve team goals is a priority. Being a team player is an essential characteristic for each participant.
Team goals can sometimes outweigh individual goals.
Members will be required to study and compete in at least four events.
We encourage team members to wear the team t-shirts at all meetings. Similar dress is strongly advised until the t-shirts are available. Team t-shirts are a requirement for all competitions.
Consistent work habits outweigh personal genius.
Students will be required to maintain a PowerPoint portfolio of related Science Olympiad work. This portfolio will be checked periodically throughout the season as a means to assess growth. THe final portfolio may be used in a presentation to the Science Olympiad coaches.
Students will also be required to maintain a written journal of practice sessions. The journal will desribe thoughts and feelings as well as relevant actions and reserach. This journal may be checked without prior notification, so it must be up to date!
Science Olympiad Grade
25% Conduct and Effort -- Attendance to mandatory events, conduct at practice and competition, and overall effort
25% Journal -- Periodic Journal Checks
25% Portfolio -- Overall Portfolio Quality and Periodic Checks
25% Assessment -- Measurement of growth from competition to competition
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