In grades 6-8, Science Olympiad functions much like a team, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and practice throughout the year. Each school-based team is allowed to bring 15 students who cross-train for a variety of events in their skill set.
Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division. The events are rotated each year to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. Science Olympiad includes many disciplines to encourage the most amount of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Our students spend a good portion of the year studying and practicing for the testing portions and designing, creating and testing their protypes for the competion. Students meet in Menominee for an all day Saturday event late February or the beginning of March to compete against other schools in our region.
Meetings and practices run throughout the school year until the competition in March when we then begin to think about next year's ideas.