San Elijo Middle School

Complexity, Collaboration, and Character

Welcome to the Science Olympiad information page:

 Updated 12/3/2015
Parents and Participants: we are trying to schedule a meeting before winter break so that we can check in and be sure everyone is ready to go for the three week break. The competition is February 6th so there is not a lot of time remaining. We have a t-shirt design meeting scheduled for Tuesday 12/8 at 2:40 and a tentative FULL TEAM/PARENT meeting on the same date at 4:00. Some wanted the full SO meeting on Friday 12/11 instead of Tuesday so we need a consensus. Please be sure to respond to the survey. I am working on a document that has all the updates; participants can also go to the Science Olympiad webpage and get updates as well.
Please let me know if any of you need supplies such as goggles, lab aprons etc as we can get those for you.
Wind power was looking to see if anyone happened to have a motor, so please respond to the email chain if you have questions or are in need of supplies. 
Hope to see you all next week. 
Updated 10/12/2015-
Here is the document with teams and events-please note that if your name is highlighted or if there is a question I need to hear from you.
Meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday at 3:30 to complete the registration process.
Thank you.
Mrs. Bernard 
 REGISTRATION CLOSED AT 8:00 P.M. ON 10/9/2015. Information will be mailed out to all those that registered. Mandatory meeting scheduled on Wed 10/14 at 3:30 room 152 (Mrs. Bernard's room) to pay fees and complete documents.  Parents must attend to insure student participation.
Our first meeting at SEMS was  held on Thursday, October 1st in the San Elijo Middle School Library at 3:30 p.m.-thank you to all that attended!
Next Mandatory meeting will be on Wednesday 10/14/2015 at 3:30 for all registered participants and parents/guardians. More information will be posted before meeting.
The link for registering for this year's SO teams will open on Friday 10/2 by 8:00 p.m. and will close on Wednesday 10/7/2015 by
8 p.m.  A meeting for paying fees and filling out alp paperwork will be on 10/14 at 3:30 in Room 152 at SEMS
Information about how SO works here at SEMS will be provided. Once you have obtained the information if you/your child is still committed to being part of this year's team a link will be placed on this page for registration that will need to be completed and submitted by the set due date in order to begin creating teams. The link will not be made available until after the informational meeting on 10/1/2015. All parties that submit the registration will be contacted regarding upcoming dates for meetings and due dates for registration fees.
Teams consist of 15 members and the number of teams dictates how may individuals can participate in an event. New members should note that priority is given to returning members. In addition, there will be a non-refundable registration fee so be sure when registering that you/your child are going to commit to the time, energy and hours it takes to prepare for the event you are enrolled in.
I look forward to working with all of you as we move forward for another great year with Science Olympiad.
Thank you and see you next week.
Mrs. Mariann Bernard
Lead Science Olympiad Coach (SEMS)
The following is for your information:
What is Science Olympiad?
In grades 6-12, Science Olympiad functions much like a football or soccer 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, but some school clubs have more than 75 members, allowing for an apprentice and mentoring system.

Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal. To learn more about what Science Olympiad is visit their site at

 Science Olympiad requires students to involve themselves and learn about different concepts in science. The events for 2016 Division B are as follows. For a more detailed description of the events visit the SO website.

2016 Division B Events

The 2016 Division B events are listed below.  For extensive information and resources for each event, click on an event title.

Life, Personal & Social Science

Anatomy and Physiology
Bio-Process Lab
Disease Detectives
Green Generation
Invasive Species

Earth & Space Science

Dynamic Planet
Reach for the Stars
Road Scholar

Physical Science & Chemistry

Air Trajectory
Crave The Wave
Food Science
Crime Busters
Wind Power

Technology & Engineering

Bridge Building
Elastic Launched Glider
Mission Possible

Inquiry & Nature of Science

Bottle Rocket
Experimental Design
Picture This
Write It Do It

Points to consider:
1. Students should visit the Science Olympiad web page to learn more about the Olympiad.
The link is:
2. Students should select a topic that they are interested in and want to learn more about.
3. Science Olympiad is an opportunity for students to challenge themselves to learn more about a topic and compete against other peers in a regional event.
4. Science Olympiad is NOT a teacher or parent led activity-Students must study or work on their topic on their own time.
The team meetings are designed for students to obtain support from parents, coaches, and teachers that can offer their expertise on the subject matter. Tools, techniques and support are offered along with discussions from prior event experience.
5. Coaches and parents offer support, supplies and materials to aid the student in their efforts.
6.  Commitment is critical-once we put together the teams entry fees must be paid and Science Olympiad team fees must also be paid. If you as the student elect to be part of the team we ask that you stay committed until the end-no dropping out; remember your registration fee is non-refundable.
7. Please visit the Science Olympiad website-identify topics of interest-make a decision as to whether you can commit to the process. If you are still interested then register for your top three choices on the online registration once the link is open.
 8. Once all registrations are submitted I will meet with the coaches that will be assisting me and we will identify the groups per topic and schedule our next meeting. More information will be made available on this site and on the Calendar for Mrs. Bernard so stay tuned.
Thank you.
 Check back regularly for new updates.
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