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Science Olympiad

ryanxingryanxing Registered User Posts: 1,330 Senior Member
edited February 2011 in High School Life
How did your teams do at your regionals?

It was my first time and I thought my team did really well (10th place out of 36 teams) and I got 3rd in Astronomy. =D My regionals is SoCal; anyone know how many teams will make it to state from here?

Discuss the science olympiad.
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Replies to: Science Olympiad

  • seancarpenterseancarpenter Registered User Posts: 605 Member
    I have regionals tomorrow. It's not very competitive so we will probably go to state. I'm in Ornithology, Optics, and Microbe Mission.
  • puggly123puggly123 - Posts: 3,499 Senior Member
    I have regionals this Saturday. I'm hoping to get a gold in Ecology. *crosses fingers*
  • ryanxingryanxing Registered User Posts: 1,330 Senior Member
    ^ Wait... they give out medals/trophies for each individual event? I got 3rd for Astronomy, so does that mean that I will get a bronze medal? My team wasn't there during the awards ceremony.
  • meadow36meadow36 Registered User Posts: 5,620 Senior Member
    I'd say pretty well. First, I think?
  • puggly123puggly123 - Posts: 3,499 Senior Member
    ^^I'm probably wrong. This is my first year.
  • DededeDedede Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    I'm captain of my team, and we've won the NH competition for the last two years (the only two years our team has existed coincidentally). Hopefully we'll get another win next month! I'm in Forensics, Helicopters, Mission Possible, and Ecology and am hoping to place in the top three for each of those except for Ecology. Do not like Ecology.
  • KtkKtk Registered User Posts: 304 Member
    *tear* Our team got 2nd place in Oregon last year. (we only lost because of building events... Not going to lie) but we can't go for gold this year because it conflicts with the Oregon Model UN conference and 90% of our team is on Model UN as well. Shame, I won a few events last year [Silver in Astronomy, Fossils; Gold in Remote Sensing, Dynamic Planet]

    GL to everyone!
  • MIThopeful16MIThopeful16 Registered User Posts: 7,539 Senior Member
    I've heard a lot about this. What exactly is it.. And how do I get it started at my school?
  • rainbowroserainbowrose Registered User Posts: 1,804 Senior Member
    My team did decently for the first time in a while this year! We're in a pretty competitive district and we scored in the top quartile for only the 2nd time in our Science Olympiad history. I'm elated about it considering I'm a captain of the team :). I placed in protein modeling! In that event, we were only beaten by the 2 teams that came in 1st in 2nd of the entire thing; one of those teams makes it to nationals almost every year.
  • ryanxingryanxing Registered User Posts: 1,330 Senior Member

    1. Gather around 15 students, including yourself, from your school.
    2. Prepare for the 23 events, which include study/lab events (Astronomy, Ornithology, Chemistry, etc.) and building events (Helicopters, Missions Possible, Towers, etc.). 2 members participate in each event, so have each member participate in 2-3 events.
    3. Register for your Regional Science Olympiad before the event date, which is usually in February or early March, depending on where you live.
    4. If your team does well in Regionals, you will be able to go to State. If your team does well in State, you go to Nationals.
  • DededeDedede Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    Wow ktk, silver in astronomy and fossils is impressive. Those are our two worst events. I got gold in forensics and bronze in mission possible last year.
  • ryanxingryanxing Registered User Posts: 1,330 Senior Member
    ^ Astronomy is the worst event?! It was rather easy for me... (but then again I plan to be an astrophysicist)
  • Got2BeGreenGot2BeGreen Registered User Posts: 497 Member
    Sorry to intrude in the HS forum, but my D is coincidentally preparing for her State tournament in about 3 weeks. I just wanted to answer a few questions from those who aren't as familiar.

    Science Olympiad (Scioly) is an activity for K-12, although I think it is most common in middle and high school. The national organization distributes a list of 23 (or so) events with a bunch of rules and parameters, and then state and local organizations pick and choose which events they want to run at their local level. They follow the national list pretty closely, but sometimes they drop one or two, or add an experimental event.

    Some events are run basically every year, some pop up on a rotating basis, and others are run for a while and then dropped.

    The events range from anatomy and physiology (where they focus on two or three organ systems each year) to astronomy (where they focus on a couple types of "universal" bodies each year), to chem lab (where you are asked to perform several lab-like activities and analyze various bits of chemistry-related information), to mission possible (where you build a rube goldberg type device) to experimental design (where you design, perform and write up an experiment in less than an hour).

    You compete as a team of up to 15 students, and you have 2-3 students on each event. So, each student typically does 3-4 events.

    There are two "levels" of awards. There is an overall award, for the 15-person team that collectively did the best. There are also "individual" awards for the 2 or 3 person teams that did the best in each event. Often, they award medals out to 3 places and ribbons out to 5.

    You progress from a regional competition to the state competition to the national competition. Interestingly, it is the 15-person team that progresses, not the "individual" teams. So, you could get 1st place in all four of your events, but still not go on to the next level if the rest of your team didn't pull their weight.

    If you want more information, look at the national website here:

    Home Page | Science Olympiad

    or the Scioly wiki here:

    Main Page - Science Olympiad Student Center Event Wiki

    There is a great discussion board on the Scioly wiki, so you can get a sense of how obsessed (I mean dedicated) people are.
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