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LS Science Olympiad Club, 2017-18

Posted in 4th Grade, 5th grade, and Science Process

North Carolina’s Premier STEM Competition!

The LS S.O. club will meet on Tuesdays from 3:00-4:30 pm in the LS science lab.  The club will meet starting in November with our competition in Wake County on May 5, 2018.  More info will be posted on the 4th and 5th grade level blogs as soon as we have it.

Science Olympiad in a Nutshell

North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to attract and retain the pool of K-12 students entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers in North Carolina. Every year NCSO hosts tournaments on university, community college, and public school campuses across the state. These tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of different hands-on, interactive, challenging and inquiry-based events that are well balanced between the various disciplines of biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering and technology.

The challenging and self-motivating events of NCSO align with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study as well as the National Science Education Standards. The events are designed to enhance and strengthen both science content and process skills.

Please note that this is a brand new website and not all pages are live yet!

All three divisions of Ravenscroft school have Science Olympiad teams.  Each team attends their own division competition.  Elementary is Division A.  The LS Science Olympiad club for 4th and 5th graders, has two head coaches, US student Sammie Kim, and Mr. Knox.  In previous years, many Upper School S.O. participants donated their time as event coaches for each of the 20 events in the LS competition.  Parent volunteers are needed to make things run smoothly- providing snacks/drinks for our weekly meetings, T-shirt design/spirit director, and as additional event coaches.

There are many different events open to students.  Each event team, 1-3 students, has their own event coach and meets several times to prepare for the competition.  All events require substantial outside preparation, and the building events (3,2,1 Blastoff, Bridge-a-roni) will require many hours for a student to be truly competitive.  Parents may not assist in the actual building of any competition device.  For a detailed look at the event descriptions, complete rules and regs, resources, etc., check out the  Elementary coaches manual, 2017-18

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