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MSO and Com mon Core. A natural integration!. Use Science Olympiad activities to address Common Core requirements, from effective communication to collaboration. Dr. Sheila Hendry Director , Mississippi Science Olympiad. 2013 MSTA Annual Convention Jackson, MS Oct. 28, 2013.

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mso and com mon core
MSO and Common Core

A natural integration!

dr sheila hendry director mississippi science olympiad

Use Science Olympiad activities to address Common Core requirements, from effective communication to collaboration.

Dr. Sheila HendryDirector, Mississippi Science Olympiad

2013 MSTA Annual Convention

Jackson, MS Oct. 28, 2013

science olympiad
Science Olympiad
  • The Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit
  • organization devoted to:
  • improving the quality of science education,
  • increasing student interest in science, and
  • providing recognition for outstanding achievement
  • in science education by both students and teachers.

Established by Dr. Gerard Putz and Jack Cairns in 1984

science olympiad tournament
Science Olympiad Tournament
  • Science Olympiad is a competition for middle and
  • high school students.
    • Division B – Grades 6-9
    • Division C – Grades 9-12
  • Competition utilizes an inquiry approach to learning, engaging students in hands-on
  • Physics, Chemistry, Earth & Space Science,
  • Biology, and Engineering.
division b grades 6 9 division c grades 9 12
Division B (Grades 6-9)-----------------------------------------------Division C (Grades 9-12)
  • Students compete as 2 person teams in 23 events (in each division) from 5 categories:
      • Life, Personal & Social Science,
      • Physical Science & Chemistry,
      • Earth & Space Science,
      • Technology & Engineering, and
      • Inquiry & Nature of Science.
science olympiad a balanced approach
Science Olympiad A Balanced Approach

Events require:

Knowledge of science facts & concepts

Process skills

Science applications




Common Core

involves these same things!

Knowledge of facts & concepts

Process skills




Take a look at how English Language Arts Standards, Math Standards, and Science Standards overlap:


Common Core Standards

Venn Diagram

SO events involve creativity, modeling, communication, collaboration, and other skills emphasized by Common Core standards.
example event metric mastery1

Teams will be given objects and data sheets.

Part 1: Teams will estimate mass, length, width, height, area, and/or volume of objects.

Part 2: After receiving devices, teams measure to determine

actual mass, length, width, or height of objects.

Area and/or Volume will be calculated.

Part 3: Teams will complete metric unit conversions.

Hint: a standard paper clip is 2.73 mm in length

Example Event: Metric Mastery

To find activities you can do in your classroom, check out the Science Olympiad website:

Lots of resources are free, while others can be purchased at the SO store.

team make up
Team Make-up

Think about having a Mississippi Science Olympiad team at your school.

  • Each team consists of up to 15 students from the same school.
  • For Division B, only five (5) ninth-graders and
  • for Division C, only seven (7) twelfth-graders are allowed.
  • However, middle schools may invite five of their last
  • year\'s eighth grade students to be part of the team.
  • Ninth-grade students can compete at only one level.


    • Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, each team must
  • participate in a regional competition.
      • See the MSO website for details about dates, locations, and tentative events:
    • The top 20 teams from each division will be invited

to compete in the state tournament.

    • No more than 2 teams from each school will be

allowed to participate at the state level.

    • However, those 2 teams can be made up of any combination of students from all teams.
mississippi science olympiad state tournament events
Mississippi Science Olympiad State Tournament Events

A list of this year’s events and their brief descriptions are listed on the MS Science Olympiad website:

Additional information, including resources and frequently asked questions, can be found at the

National Science Olympiad website:

registration information for the mississippi science olympiad
Registration Information for the Mississippi Science Olympiad
  • The state competition is usually scheduled for the last
  • Friday of March at the University of Southern Mississippi.
  • This year, it is set for March 28, 2014.
  • On-time registration is due by December 15.
  • The late registration deadline is December 31.
  • Upon receipt of registration form, each team will
  • receive a copy of the Rules Manual for their division.
mississippi science olympiad
Mississippi Science Olympiad

If you have any questions about the MSO, please feel free to contact:

Sheila Hendry (601) [email protected]

Hope to see you and your team

at the tournament!