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  1. Ocean Air Science Olympiad Information Meeting

  2. Agenda • What is Science Olympiad? • How can I sign up for SO? • How can we all make this happen? Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  3. What is Science Olympiad? • Science Olympiad is a nationally organized competition dedicated to improving science interest and education in • Science • Engineering • Inquiry • Three levels of competition – Level B Regional : Feb 8th 2014, San Diego, CA • Rancho Bernardo High School & Bernardo Heights Middle School State, and National  23 different events of 50 minutes each Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  4. SO Events • Events categorized under • Life, Personal and Social Science • Earth and Space Science • Physical Science and Chemistry • Technology and Engineering • Inquiry and Nature of Science • Some building, some testing, some a combination of both. • More info at the Regional SO website www.sandiegoso.org Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  5. SO Events • Build Events: • Boomilever • Helicopters • Rotor Egg Drop • Simple Machines • Sounds of Music • Vehicle or Scrambler Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  6. SO Events Test Events • Can’t Judge a Powder • Crime Busters • Disease Detectives • Dynamic Planet • Entomology • Environmental Chemistry • Experimental Design • Green Generation • Heredity • Invasive Species • Meteorology • Metric Mastery • Reach for the Stars • Road Scholar • Rocks & Minerals • Shock Value • Water Quality • Write It Do It May be May be May be Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  7. SO at Ocean Air • Just getting started… lets learn together… • Ocean Air 2013 • Very first time participating • 2nd Shock Value • 6th Shock Value • 7th Disease Detectives • 10th Heredity • 16th Sounds of Music • 17th Meteorology • 18th Rotor Egg Drop • 18th Metric Mastery Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  8. Should I do SO? Sounds fun No Yes Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  9. Should I do SO? Sounds fun My parents want me to No No Yes Yes Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  10. Should I do SO? Sounds fun My parents want me to No No Yes Yes Don’t sign up Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  11. Should I do SO? Sounds fun My parents want me to No No Yes Yes Don’t sign up Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  12. Should I do SO? Sounds fun My parents want me to No No Yes Yes Don’t sign up No I have free time that I can dedicate to SO Yes Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  13. Should I do SO? Sounds fun My parents want me to No No Yes Yes Don’t sign up I have free time that I can dedicate to SO No Yes Sign up!!! Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  14. Signing Up • Three step application process • Online form (at SO link on www.OceanAirPTA.org) • To be submitted by <decide a date> • Paper form (at SO link on www. OceanAirPTA.org) • Turn in at the office by <decide a date> • Suggested donation ($&100 - 125 to Ocean Air PTA) • Check to be made payable to Ocean Air PTSA and must be received along with the paper application form. Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  15. Program Contribution • Ocean Air SO gets no direct financial support from the school • Science Olympiad is completely funded by participants • Money is used for • Reusable and/or common materials (e.g. books, field guides, chemicals, etc.) • Copying and printing • Office supplies • T-shirts • Awards • Competition day food • Competition registration fees Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  16. How are events assigned? • Schedules chosen to maximize student choices under these constraints: • Must evenly cover all 23(?) events • No conflicting test times on competition day • No conflicting practice times • There is no perfect solution to this scheduling problem. We will try our very bestest to accommodate every student’s choices and schedules. • Some minimal event assignment changes after 3 weeks Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  17. SO Practice • Students must participate in 2 or 3 events • Coaching sessions are once per week for each event • Usually 1 - 2 hours - at coach’s discretion • Usually at coach’s home but Ocean Air could accommodate some events depending on coaching times. • Students must be available at event practice time • The more open slots for practice that you list, the more options you will have for events • If you only have a few time slots available, maybe only your last choice events practice in the few open time slots you listed • If insufficient time slots are listed, you may not be able to participate in SO due to the logistical impossibilities of assigning you to enough events Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  18. SO Practice • Weekly Training Oct, 2013 – Feb, 2014 • Plan to spend about 6 hours per week • Attendance/focus at all trainings is a must • Team event – others rely on your participation • Completion of work assigned by coach(es) • Prior subject knowledge is NOT required – but must be willing to learn • Adherence to Ocean Air rules Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  19. SO team - Regionals • Team size • 2 teams of 15 students each for the Regional • Limited to 15 students for State and National • Team selection • Performance assessment by the coaches • Participation and attendance • Focus and teamwork • Seniority and parent coaching Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  20. Parent Volunteers • Cannot do it without YOU • Lead coaches (or assistant coaches)—this is our most urgent need! Please consider volunteering! • Competition day coordinators & other positions needed later • It’s rewarding and fun! Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  21. Coaches • SO Coaches • Obtain teaching tools from teacher and previous coaches • Find resources on SO and other web sites, library, and experts in the field • Develop a plan or curriculum • Meet weekly with students • Communicate progresses and issues with Organizing Committee and parents • Focus on teaching, team building, and competition • It’s rewarding and fun! Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  22. Useful Links www.OceanAirpta.org – click on Science Olympiad link www.sandiegoso.org – San Diego Regional website www.soinc.org – National SO web site www.scioly.org – Wiki site for SO events Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  23. Thank you for attending . . .questions? Email us at < -------- > Stacie Waters swaters@dmusd.org Holly Jing hollyjing@gmail.com HarithaDoppalapudihpeddu@gmail.com SeethaJanakiramanseethaj@hotmail.com Kristin Mullin krismullin4@gmail.com Ocean Air Science Olympiad 2014

  24. OA School and Ms. Waters • Communicate with regional and state SO organizers • Assign students to event teams based on their interests and openings • Be a resource for coaches in getting materials, tools, and event info • Reserve Rec Center rooms if necessary • Provide Science Lab as an alternative meeting place • Communicate with Organizing Committee, coaches, and students • Coach 1 event if necessary • SO Coaches • Obtain teaching tools from teacher and previous coaches • Find resources on SO and other web sites, library, and experts in the field • Develop a plan or curriculum • Meet weekly with students • Communicate progresses and issues with Organizing Committee and parents • Focus on teaching, team building, and competition • Organizing Committee • Identify SO coaches • Participate in Volunteer Fair when school re-opens in Fall • Organize SO kick-off meeting (early Sep) • Form standards and assist teacher in selecting competing team members • Assist teacher in organizing participant and coach information • Communicate with coaches, parents, and students on committee decisions • Build and maintain a Google account • Track budget and expenses • Meet monthly to touch base • Parents • Realize and support commitment your child has made to SO • Help your child find resources but do not do it for your child • Support coaches by sending students to weekly meetings on time • Offer homes for meeting places and provide help as adult assistants • Help with logistics on competition day • Communicate issues with coaches and Organizing Committee • Students • Know the event rules • Take initiatives for learning materials and finding new resources • Respect and corporate with coaches and teammates • Be prepared with materials and homework • Remind parents meeting dates and arrive meetings on time • Communicate issues with teacher and coaches