Helping with Science Olympiad in Alaska 2020
What is Science Olympiad?
Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing male, female and minority interest in science, creating a technologically-literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers.
Science Olympiad competitions are like academic Olympics, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal.
What does Science Olympiad look like in Alaska?
We are on a much smaller scale than most states in the lower-48. Our State Competition is the only large event held each year. We usually have about five High Schools and ten Middle Schools competing at the state event. Each school can register multiple teams. In terms of numbers, there are about 50-60 High School Students and about 80-100 Middle School students all competing at the same location on the same day.
How you can help?
Positions we need help with are:
Test Writer- If an event requires a written test, then somebody needs to write that test along with the answer key. We call this person the Test Writer. This person often elects to fulfill the position of Event Supervisor as well because they are already familiar with the rules of that event.
We need tests written and submitted two weeks before the State Competition.
Event Supervisor- An event supervisor helps run a specific event at the State Competition. The goal is to have all the Event Supervisors come from the community and have a background in the subject for that specific event. For instance, a person with experience in Engineering might choose to supervise an event that involves building and testing structures. Perhaps a person with experience in Geology would help supervise an event that involves Earth Science.
At a minimum, an Event Supervisor needs to be very familiar with the rules and procedures for a specific event. They then need to be able to run that event at the state competition as it is explained in the rules. For instance, they might need to administer and grade a written test (whether they wrote the exam themselves or not). They might need to oversee the testing of a student-built structure. They might need to oversee a mini-Chemistry Lab or other hands-on event. Each event has its own specific characteristics that the Event Supervisor is responsible to meet. Often an Event Supervisor is also the Test Writer for that event.
All event supervisors need to report at the State Competition by 6:30am unless prior arrangements are made. Event supervisors are free to leave after all teams have competed in that event and all exams are graded or results otherwise recorded.
What does Competition Day look like?
Our State competition for 2020 will be held on Saturday April 4th at Teeland Middle School. The doors will open at 6:00am and the last event ends at 3:15pm. The award ceremony should be done by 5:30pm. All event supervisors need to be at the event by 6:30am unless prior arrangements are made. Event supervisors are free to leave after all teams have competed in that event and all exams are graded or results otherwise recorded.
The State Competition is run completely by volunteers. It is a fun and exciting day that will leave you both exhausted and happy knowing you helped support a great competition. Lunch will be provided to those who help at the State Competition.
We are always looking for businesses who are willing to sponsor the State Competition. If your business chooses to sponsor our competition in general, then your Company Name and Logo will be featured on signage used at the venue. If your business chooses to sponsor a specific event, your Company Name and Logo will be featured on signage used at the venue, during the award ceremony, and it will be featured at that specific event. Please ask if you would like more information about sponsoring Alaska State Science Olympiad.
Thank you for helping! This is only possible because of generous volunteers like yourself!
State Director- Chris Gooch 907-352-0433, firstname.lastname@example.org
Science Olympiad Descriptions
Event List and Rules
Division B- Middle School
Division C- High School