Friday, February 13, 2015

Science Olympiad Preparations

The preparations for the 2015 Science Olympiad competition are well underway.  Fifteen students in grades six through eight will be testing their skills against other middle school teams from across the Buffalo region.

Many of the events involve taking a traditional written test.  This requires knowledge of various scientific topics.  Some of the testing events include Anatomy, Bio Process Lab, Crave the Wave, Crime Busters, Disease Detectives, Dynamic Planet, Entomology, Fossils, Green Generation, and Invasive Species.
Students preparing for the Meteorology event get help from Mr. Atkinson.

Veteran Science Olympians gathering knowledge for their events.

First time Science Olympians preparing a "cheat sheet" for a testing event.

Still having fun while getting prepared for competition!
Many of the other events involve hands-on skills as part of the competition.  Experimental Design challenges students to create their own experiments on the spot.  This requires knowledge of such terms as hypothesis, control, and variable.
The Experimental Design group researches science terms prior to creating experiments.
Other hands-on events include Bottle Rocket, Bridge Building, Elastic Launched Glider, and Wheeled Vehicle.  These events will require students to build a project to be tested on the day of the competition.
A third year Science Olympiad veteran researches plans for Wheeled Vehicle.

Another third year Science Olympiad veteran prepares to build a prototype for the Bridge Building event.
The regional Science Olympiad competition will take place on Saturday, March 7th at Waterfront Elementary in Buffalo.  The team is looking forward to representing Pioneer at this exciting competition!

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