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  1. South Pointe Middle School 2010-2011

  2. What is Science Olympiad (SCIOLY)? • Science themed competitions between schools • Grades K- 12 • Regional, State, and National Competition • Increasing interest in science by creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers.

  3. What are we looking for? • Self- motivated • Dedicated • Energetic • Fast learners • Good test takers • SCIENCE LOVERS!!!!!

  4. 2011 Division B Events • Physical Science & Chemistry • Can't Judge a PowderCrime BustersOptics • Shock ValueStorm the Castle • Technology & Engineering • Battery BuggyBottle RocketJunkyard ChallengeTowers • Inquiry & Nature of Science • Awesome AquifersCompute This • Experimental DesignWrite It Do It The 2011 Division B events are listed below.  • Life, Personal & Social Science Anatomy (Respiratory, Muscular)Disease Detectives (Food Borne Illness)Ecology (Tundra, Taiga) Microbe MissionOrnithology • Earth & Space Science Dynamic Planet (Earth’s Fresh Waters)FossilsMeteorology (Severe Storms)Road ScholarSolar System

  5. INFORMATION ABOUT EVENTS • Info for events are located on http://soinc.org/ or Mrs. Dira will have handouts available • Towers • Battery Buggy • Bottle Rocket • Junkyard Challenge

  6. What Does This Mean For South Pointe Students? • Take a look at the events and fill out an application – due Sept. 17 • You will need to take a test in areas of your interest for events- Sept. 28 and 29 • We will comprise a team of at least 15 members that will go to competitions- Team members announced Oct. 5 ONLINE

  7. Applicationdue Friday, Sept. 17 • You have listed in order up to 5 events only that are of your interest • Make sure that both you and your parents have signed the form • Turn into a current or past science teacher for teacher recommendation

  8. TestingSept. 28 and 29 • Take place both days from 2:20-3:20. Location-TBD • It will be ran like a mini competition • There will be a schedule of names for events to help things run smoothly –will be posted online • Be here for all of your events and be aware of your given, estimated time • If you are waiting around- Sit and read quietly (you will be judged on your behavior and how you listen to instructions) • More info on testing will be available online this week • Quizzes • Submit designs on Sept. 28 • Hands-on Testing • Requirements

  9. What should you know for your events? • Guidelines • Description • Background information • Event Parameters • Time • What are the steps? • Scoring

  10. Example of Handout

  11. Team Membersannounced Oct. 5 ONLINE • Only 15 Team Members are chosen • There is a fee of $50 per person • Registration for the team • Team t-shirts • Any study guides, test packets, reusable competition equipment/materials • Food at competitions • End of the Year Team Party • Meet Tuesdays 2:20-3:20 (except the 1st Tues. of the month) • Time is valuable during meetings! • Our main focus is to have fun and prepare as much as we can for the competitions. • Come with resources and materials for events • More meetings- if needed or as we get closer to competition (Winter break and Spring break?)

  12. Science Olympiad Club • If not chosen for the Team, you can still come to meetings • Club members serve as apprentices and/or mentors that can provide resources, advice, or ideas for Team members • Can attend (not participate in) competitions • Can be considered an alternative or part of next year’s Team • Gives SOUTH POINTE a better opportunity to do well for the current and following year

  13. Competitions • LA county Regionals- end of February • Southern CA state- end of March- 2nd week in April (spring break?) • Nationals- University of Wisconsin - May 20-21 Team members MUST BE AVAILABLE during these times

  14. Tips • Go over the handouts • It’s good to study/be familiar with these parameters • Testing may or may not follow the handouts exactly • Look at the website- http://soinc.org/ • Find information/tests under Event Info- 2011 Division B Events • Be PATIENT, READY, and FLEXIBLE!!! • Remember you will also be considered for the Team based on how you handle yourself • If you are not chosen, come and learn as a Club Member • Feel free to email Mrs. Dira at cdira@walnutvalley.k12.ca.usor see her afterschool if you have questions

  15. Websites for more info • www.socalscioly.org • www.lacountyscienceolympiad.com