Mt. Sophia is starting its third year of competition in Science Olympiad, and we’re looking for new members for our team! Science Olympiad is a nationally recognized competition for students who are highly interested in STEM fields. Twenty-four events are offered, drawn from all the fields in science. Before the day of competition, students are assigned to compete in 2 or 3 events based on their personal interests. Working with partners, students practice their events before the day of competition. Besides the variety of science topics to choose from, events also vary in style. Some events involve experimentation, others involve building and testing a device before the day of competition, and others involve intensely studying a topic in preparation for a test. A short description of each of the 24 events which are being offered this year is attached to this email. (A complete description of the rules for each event can be found at the national Science Olympiad website, soinc.org.)
Science Olympiad offers students the opportunity to explore a new, interesting science topic or to deeply delve into a topic in which they’re already interested in. Since participation is student-driven, students think it’s fun and often find it deeply satisfying (especially when they win a medal!). Besides looking good on a transcript, Science Olympiad also helps students figure out career choices and college majors. For my oldest daughter, Science Olympiad was pivotal in helping her decide to major in mechanical engineering. For my son, Science Olympiad helped him realize that he was far more interested in computer science than in engineering. Science Olympiad is a fun, rewarding challenge!
Over fifty high schools in Delaware compete. The top team advances to nationals. This year’s state competition will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Delaware State University in Dover (carpooling available). A medal is awarded to each of the top ten students in each event. Before the competition, students practice on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 in room 6 at Mt. Sophia (and on their own time, as needed). Inability to attend the practices doesn’t automatically prevent participation in Science Olympiad, but other arrangements would need to be approved by Mrs. Martin. The cost to participate is $50; however, inability to pay does not prevent participation. Participants must be enrolled in Mt. sophia’s diploma program and be in grades 9-12. Mrs. Varnell and I are heading up the team this year, but we’d be glad for any additional help!
The first meeting of the year is being held this Thursday, Oct. 31, from 3:30 to 4:30 in room 6. Interested? Curious? Tell your student to check it out! (Parents are welcome too!) Applications and event selection forms will be handed out at the meeting. The application and event selection forms will be due the following Thursday, Nov. 7. If a student is interested in joining but can’t make it to this Thursday’s meeting, please contact Mrs. Martin by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope you can join us!
Mrs. Kathy Martin