How to Organize a Team
Organizing a Science Olympiad Team
1) Identify Interested Students.
- Have an information meeting with Gary Carlson, the Idaho Science Olympiad Promoter, by calling (208) 362-4999.
- Announce Olympiad in class.
- Approach promising students.
- Offer extra credit for participation in selected events.
- Have Students recruit friends.
2) Have Students Choose Events (A school is not required to participate in all events)
- Post sign-up sheets. (Find what events interest the students)
- Distribute Science Olympiad manuals.
- Get Students for form squads (typically two students) for events.
- Identify events that overlap with school curriculum.
3) Register your team(s) by e-mailing Michael Straight at Northwest Nazarene university. Your school will be billed $100 per team or $80 per team for schools participating for the first time.
- Lobby school administration for fee.
- Use money from department fees.
- Solicit entry fee from industry (sponsorship)
- Collect Science Olympiad activity fee from participating students (promise T-shirts?).
4) Prepare for Events
- Use information from class work.
- Do library / Internet research.
- Solicit parents / friends as event coaches.
- Ask teachers for references.
- Approach industry for help as mentors and tutors.
- Walk into the competition cold.
5) Compete April 10th at NNU in Nampa, and/or March 13th at ISU in Pocatello (Jr. high)
- Get events schedule early (It will be mailed to you if you have registered).
- Organize squads.
- Organize car pool.
- Show up and go for the gold!
The Science Olympiad Program is so successful because it is FUN. Best friends get to sign up for an event together. Many non-athletic students get to compete for their school for the first time. Strong academic performers find an outlet for their talents that go beyond the classroom. Many teams design a T-shirt to wear to the competition. Working in college laboratories, classrooms and museums is also a new thrill for many. The Science Olympiad format evokes in students an enthusiasm seldom seen outside of athletic sports.