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For the past 25 years, Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premiere science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges thousands of teams in 48 states. The events are designed to enhance and strengthen both science content and process skills, as well as provide the students exposure to a variety of career choices and to practicing scientists and mentors.
Science Olympiad is a science competition for St. Mark Middle School students. Students study and practice events in several areas, then compete as a team in the Regional competition in March. Parents coach the teams, meeting weekly, but help is needed once per month to provide detailed technical background. Areas where expertise is needed include:
St. Mark formed a team and competed for the first time during the 2008-2009 school year. The first year the team competed against 20 varsity teams, and ranked 6th place. The top 5 teams go onto the state level competition.
The events consist of various topics related to Earth, Life, Physical Sciences as well as technology. There are several building events -- bridges, robots, catapults, bottle rockets with parachute, non-motorized cars and rubberband powered airplanes. Some of the events are test based. The student teams (usually 2) work together to identify rocks or minerals or body parts or constellations. One event consisted of defining a procedure to test a hypothesis, performing it, and writing up a lab report… basically testing the students’ ability to apply the Scientific Method.
If you are interested or would like more information,please contact Mrs. Lyles at or Sue Bruce . For more information about Science Olympiad and a detailed description of each of the 2011 Division B (Middle School) events, visit the following resources: