Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization designed to enhance the quality of science education, to increase student interest in science, and to provide recognition for student achievement in these events. The Science Olympiad tournaments are academic inter-scholastic competitions consisting of twelve individual and team events for which students prepare during the school year. The format of the competition follows popular board games, TV shows, and athletic games. These challenging areas are well balanced between various science areas. There is also a balance of events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills, and applications. For the past 15 years, BPS has had 2 teams (15-18 students per team)per school made up of 4th and 5th graders in the district participate in the competition.



Scientists may come to the practices and try out the events before they sign up.
Parent permission is needed to attend the April 18th Science Olympiad event at West Maple School. This is an 8:00-2:00pm science filled day.

parent e mail 4-15-15


Don’t forget to sign up for food. $5 or each scientist is the only cost for this great event. Please bring your $5 on Saturday morning.
Mrs Kim Kell will collect this .

www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D44ACA82EA46-snacks

We have had some last minute changes for scientists.
Please let us know now if you can’t come. We can’t rearrange scientist the day of the event.

These are just a few reminders for our event on April 18th!

Item #1: Breakfast items for sale
Again this year, we will have available for everyone to purchase coffee and breakfast food (bagels, doughnuts and muffins). This will be setup in the café from 8:00- 10:30 a.m. All proceeds benefit the West Maple Scholarship fund for senior students at the high schools. (price range - $1.00 - $2.00)

Item #2: Student lunch for April 18th
We have an order for 6 X large cheese pizzas with the local Papa Romano’s at 15 Mile


Information for parents if they don’t want to eat pizza with us.



*Restaurants in walking distance from West Maple – less than one block (we also made contact with the establishments below to let them know about the district event) *
We have Subway which is located in the shopping center just south of West Maple. They are offering discounts for party platters. The store number is 248-538-9274.
A pizza restaurant called Toarmina’s Pizza is in the same shopping center just south of West Maple. They will have a large variety of foods, including pizza, BBQ ribs, calzones, wings, lasagna, salads, chicken tenders and burgers. The store number is 248-855-0800 OR online at toarminas.com. They DO deliver.

Item #3- Self-Schedule – Crash Car Eggspert, Reflection Relay, Rubber Band Catapult , and Water Rockets
Please make sure you have looked over revised schedule with the added times for these events. We will have the times on name tags too. The students need to know their times in order to compete that morning.

Item #4: Rock Hound
Please make sure your 2 teams bring their notes for competition.



Item # 5: Crash Car Eggspert
This will take place in the gym. We will provide the eggs, all materials needed and a Pine Car racer for each team.

Item #6: Rubber Band Catapult
Please have each team bring their catapults to the competition with their team number located on it somewhere. Check-in will take place after the opening ceremonies. PLEASE NO PARENT HELP DURING THE TEAMS PREPARATION FOR THEIR LAUNCH TIME.. We will have signs posted as a reminder. Please note that your 2 teams have to have 2 different catapults.

Item #7: Water Rockets
Please have each team bring their water rocket to the competition with their team number located on it somewhere. Students can just bring their rocket to the launch site (baseball diamond) at the time of their launch. PLEASE NO PARENT HELP TO GET THE ROCKET PREPARED AT THE LAUNCH SITE.
Item #8: Zowie Estimation
We will provide goggles for each team at the competition. No notes will be allowed at this session.

Item #9: Mystery Architecture, Starry Starry Night, Charged Up, Grasp a Graph, Simple Machines, and Reflection Relay
We will provide all items needed for these events. Students do not need to bring anything with them into the event.

Item #10 – Weather or Not
Please make sure your teams bring one 5X8 index cards filed with notes (per team).

Item #11 – Wildlife Safari
Please have each team bring their reptiles books with notes. ( Mrs McComas will bring this book)


Item #12 - Crime Busters
Please bring your 8 ½ X 11 paper notes and a magnifying glass for both teams.


Item #14– Robot Garage for hands-on demonstrations from 9-1:00 p.m. in the Media Center.
Item #15 – Peace, Love and Planet – will be a guest with us as well. They are a non-profit organization about being Green and Sustainability.



MISC. STUFF

Closed Events: Events may be closed for several reasons: due to space, events that have a written test that must be completed and/or the temptations that others may assist team members during the event. Crash Car Eggspert, Rubber Band Catapult, Water Rockets are the only events parents/guest can watch.



Home Base:
All schools will have two tables in the café for your home-base. Please have your students meet you at the table on Saturday morning.

We do have peanut free tables available for use in the cafeteria

Saturday Morning:

All students are to report to the café (home base tables) by 8:15 a.m. Please bring name tags for your students (name and team number). We really need to be mindful in keeping track of the students. Last year, many parents came to the information desk looking for their child. We will have a sign-in and sign-out sheet for you to use at your home-base. Students can sign-out and tell you where they are going and then sign-in when they return back to your home base.


Opening Ceremonies will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the gym. We will have all schools begin to line-up in the café and lobby area at 8:20 a.m. Same as we did last year, march into the gym and sit for opening ceremonies.

9:00- 1:00 p.m. Competition and 8 open events for students to participate in during the morning.

Our pizza will arrive around 11:30

1:00- Go back to home bases and clean –up.

1:15 p.m. meet in the gym for Closing Ceremonies and awards. 1:45 p.m. DONE!!!!!





Please sign up for food to bring the day of the event.




www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D44ACA82EA46-snacks







Check our wiki for all the information

http://mccomas14.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Science+Olympiad+2015





Macomb County Science Olympiad has put together a video series on each event to aid in the coaches preparation for students. If you follow this link and click on the purple boxes you will find a You Tube video of each one of these trainings.

http://macombso.org/index.php/esoevents/extravaganza-recap.html


March 24 e mail

Subject: RE: Science Olympiad information for parents 3-24-15

We are finishing up the final practices for events for Science Olympiad. We have next week, a week off then only 5 days left for any last minute hints before April 18. Most of the scientist have given up lunch time recesses to help with their own event or to help another team. Many scientists need to put in real thinking time at home to be ready for the competition. Most of the events have no one watching or helping with last minute hints. The scientist need to be sure they know all the rules for their own events.
Some have to build and bring materials.

The day is exciting and a great learning experience if time is put in before April 18th. Since Mrs McComas has offered practice every C day and more, we now need parents to kick in and be sure the groups get another practice at home and some need practice with their team.

This Wednesday evening before or after the concert will be a good night to talk with another 4th or 5th grade parent to set up a home practice time. I will stay after the concert to help answer questions or concerns.

Everyone is busy, but I am sure you can find a few hours on the weekend or the evening. If you are going away for the break, this weekend is the best time for practice. I do have some parents coming in at lunch this Thursday
and Friday. Next week we will hope to have the Rubber Band catapult to demonstrate for all the groups at lunch on Tuesday or Wednesday

Check out all the information on the website. We are stll having students drop out and change events. A recent list is posted on the wiki without the changes we had today. I will make changes after the Wed concert. You will notice we are short on some teams. We will just go with what we have. We earn points for each events so we might ask some scientists to fill in if time permits them to study for another event. The wiki works better on a computer but it will work on an I pad. If you can't see the index on the left, find the ..... and click on the dots. Send me an e mail if you have trouble.

Please sign up for food to bring the day of the event.



www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D44ACA82EA46-snacks




It will help if you read over all the inforamtion on the day to your scientist, since the coaches are very busy on April 18 . It is hard for us to answer everyone's last minute questions. Many answers are on the wiki.


Mrs Diana Leslie McComas
Teacher-Pierce School 5th grade








E-mail sent to parent on March 3- I you didn't get this as an e mail, send an e mail to Mrs McComas so you will be included on our e mail list. Your scientist should also have gotten a paper copy of this.




March 19 information packet and e mail is all below... Keep reading for information then come back and click on the Food sign up

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d44aca82ea46-snacks


Macomb County Science Olympiad has put together a video series on each event to aid in the coaches preparation for students. If you follow this link and click on the purple boxes you will find a You Tube video of each one of these training.
http://macombso.org/index.php/esoevents/extravaganza-recap.html




the wiki page for the district can be found here:http://scienceolympiad.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/ Home page


http://scienceolympiad.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Events Event details




Our first meetings will be on C days at lunch time in room 216
We will let the scientists look over the events and the rules of each event before they select their top 3-5 events. Each students should be able to be in 2 events. First choice will be given to scientist who have parents who are able to help the team. Our school has practice time at school during the lunch recess time but many schools only have home practice. Since we have many events and 18 scientist in 5th grade and 18 in 4th grade it is important for the scientists to have time to study and practice at home as well as at school during lunch recess.
E mail Mrs McComas if you want to be a parent coach. We can be flexible with some after school practices or you are also welcome to hold weekend practices at your home. One of the events, Starry Night is a good one to schedule a trip to Cranbrook to see the stars.
We try to make every scientist get at least one of their top choices. Please be sure to reserve April 18 from 8-2pm.

Check out the rules carefully on the district site below
District information

Go to Events tab for the rules and directions each event: We need parent help on some of the events so please find an area you can help us become expert scientists so we score lots of points for Pierce.

http://scienceolympiad.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/


Team 13 4th grade











Team 14 5th grade-






Pierce Team 13




Peter
Attia

Lexi
Beckman
Max
Bergmann
Duarte
Bobone
Evan
Burkett
Kohen
Dixson
Noah
Findling
?Lily
Garrett
Rachel
Jackson
Katie
Kell

Xzandria
Lambert
Paige
Nickita
?Lalia


Brooke
Shatzman

Pierce Team 14




Samuel
Cvetanovski
Noah
Feller

Ethan
Kamen
Alexis
Kufta

Jonathan
Marx

Will
Meade
Cameron
Murray
Andrew
Park

Drew
Rhodes
Alex
Walters
Jake
Pierara
Chong

March 19 Information to parents


Science Olympiad Information 2014
West Maple Elementary
6275 Inkster Road, Bloomfield Hills
North of Maple Road. (Parking is limited. Carpool or come early. Arrive by 8:10 or you will have trouble parking.)


These are just a few reminders for our event on April 18
Saturday Morning:

All students are to report to the café (home base tables) by 8:15 a.m. Please bring name tags for your students (name and team number). We really need to be mindful in keeping track of the students. Last year, many parents came to the information desk looking for their child. We will have a sign-in and sign-out sheet for you to use at your home-base. Students can sign-out and tell you where they are going and then sign-in when they return back to your home base.

8:10 a.m. Pick up your Science Olympiad T-shirt in the cafeteria. Bring $5 for for scientists to have cheese pizza at lunch. We will have a parent volunteer at our homebase table collecting this money.

8:20 a.m. All schools begin to line up in the café and lobby area. Same as we did last year, march to the gym and sit for opening ceremonies.

8:30 a.m. Opening Ceremonies begin in the gym. We will have all schools begin to line-up in the café and lobby area at 8:20 a.m. Same as we did last year, march into the gym and sit for opening ceremonies.

9:00- 1:00 p.m. Competition and 8 open events for students to participate in during the morning.

1:00- Go back to home bases and clean up.

1:15 p.m. Meet in the gym for Closing Ceremonies and awards.

1:45 p.m. DONE!!!!!

Item #1: We will have brakfast food at our hmebase which is free but we also there will also be

Breakfast items for sale
Again this year, we will have available for everyone to purchase coffee and breakfast food (bagels, doughnuts and muffins). This will be setup in the café from 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. All proceeds benefit the West Maple Scholarship fund for senior students at the high schools. (Price range is $1.00 - $2.00)
We will also have free breakfast items at our table because you hve signed up on signup genius to bring a food item.check the sign up link if you didn't already sign up. Here is the link again.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d44aca82ea46-snacks



Item #2: Student lunch for March 29th
Each school is responsible for their own lunches for their students.
“Sign Up Genius” is organizing our food table for breakfast items and for lunch. I will order cheese pizza for children and parents. Scientist pay $5.00. If you want cheese pizza for an extra child/sibling, please let me know and include money for their pizza. Adults eat free.
Please sign up for additional food so our scientists stay well nourished during the day.

Item #3- Self-Schedule – Crash Car Eggspert, Rubber Band Catapult , and Water Rockets
Please make sure you have looked over the self-schedule coming via email later in the week. If you have any problems, please let me know ASAP. The students need to know their times in order to compete that morning.

Item #4: ? Keep reading all the great information


Item # 5: Crash Car Eggspert
This will take place in the gym. We will provide the eggs, all materials needed and a Pine Car racer for each team.

Item #6: Rubber Band Catapult
Please have each team bring their catapults to the competition with their team number located on it somewhere. Check-in will take place after the opening ceremonies. PLEASE NO PARENT HELP DURING THE TEAMS PREPARATION FOR THEIR LAUNCH TIME.. We will have signs posted as a reminder. Please note that your 2 teams have to have 2 different catapults.

Item #7: Water Rockets
Please have each team bring their water rocket to the competition with their team number located on it somewhere. Students can just bring their rocket to the launch site (baseball diamond) at the time of their launch. PLEASE NO PARENT HELP TO GET THE ROCKET PREPARED AT THE LAUNCH SITE.

Item #8: Bridging the Gap, Reflection Relay, Weather or Not, and Wildlife Safari
We will provide all items needed for this event. Students do not need to bring anything with them into the event. Wildlife Safari, please study Reptiles and Amphibians- We have the Field guide suggested


MISC. STUFF



Home Base:
All schools will have two tables in the café for your home-base. Please have your students meet you at the table on Saturday morning by 8:10 or you will have trouble getting our t shirt and being ready for the starting parade in.

We do have peanut free tables available for use in the cafeteria



*OPEN EVENTS

When students are not in an event or preparing for an event they need to go to an open event. Please ask students to only go to each open event once. Students are welcomed and invited to watch other activities throughout the day to encourage their team members. Please help to make sure your students are not wandering the building with nothing to do!!


*PRESENTATION & AWARD CEREMONY

After the last event is completed, students are to go immediately to the gym for the awards ceremony. Schools are to be seated in their designated areas in the gym. All team members are required to be in the gym during this time. Students will be called up to accept the 1st through 6th place individual event awards and two trophies will be presented to the top two scoring teams.



      • GUESTS**

Parents and other guests are welcome to come and watch the activities. There are many events open for anyone to observe quietly.


      • CLOSED EVENTS

The following events are closed:
Wildlife Safari, Starry Starry Night, Weather or Not, Zowie Estimation, Circuit Wizardry, Crime Busters, Reflection Relay, Charges Up, Grasp a Graph, Rock Hound and Mystery Architecture.** This means only participants are allowed in the room. Events may be closed for several reasons: due to limited space, events that have a test that must be completed and because of the temptations that others may have to assist team members during the event.



      • RAINY DAY PLAN

Water Rockets (playground fields) will launch outside rain or shine. If there is lightning or thunder we will be unable to complete these events.

Thank you for all of your support!!! We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, April 18 It’s a team effort!


Diana McComas and Corinne Cortez, Pierce Coaches
Noelle Davis and Jason Pesamoska, Staff in Charge at West Maple






Some of this will come home in paper form on Thursday March 19 or next week

We will be meeting on Tuesday the next C day at lunch time in Room 216. Please be sure to check the date April 18 to be sure your scientist is still able to come from 8:15-2:00 West maple Elem
march 19
I have only a few parents volunteer to help coach teams. Most of the practice have been at school during our short lunch time.

Please take time to read over all the specific rules to your child’s events. Check out lots of information on the wiki links.

I am sending my link with our teams etc and a few links that will give you website to check out for individual events. Also check u tube and google science Olympiad to see what other scientist maybe coming up with .Remember the students should be practicing science and problem soving. The science learning is more important than winning an event.
http://mccomas13.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Science+Olympiad+2014 check this for your events or the attachments above.
*http://scienceolympiad.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Events
Links with information
http://elementaryscienceolympiadbcs.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/home

Our next practices are important


Every C day we are meeting at recess and lunch with Mrs McComas and Mrs Cortez. We are highlighting 4 events each C day.



March 19 No practice due to conferences
March 20 extra practice for teams without scientists

Zowie Metrics still needs people. We will find some on Friday or next week
Starry night needs more people

March 24( due to Musical on C day or March 31)
Demonstration of events

Rubber Band catapult demonstration*This needs to be built at home. So far only the 4th grade team #13 has made a catapult.
Water rocket construction- bring supplies



Reflection relay PRACTICE will be schdeuled for a different time in the next 3 weeks with Mrs Cortez


Extra Practice April 1 Wed.
Bridging the Gap- bring supplies from home to build with look over the list. We have some but not specific to the event list.
Charged Up- Circuit /electricity questions or building circuits



April 15 Final Check in at Lunch for last minute details

April 18 The big day at West maple We will give you your t shirt to wear when you arrive. We wash and reuse the shirts
.





Science Olympiad Events
April 18, 2015



Charged Up - This event will challenge the student’s knowledge of direct current (DC) and using low voltage batteries.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPTrYsuE9sA electricity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGkU8cHHSMU documentary electricity





Crash Car Eggspert – Each team will build a structure on top of a PineCar Racer. The structure will be designed to hold and protect an egg as the car is rolled down a progressively steeper series of ramps and crashed into an immovable barrier.
Crash Car Eggspert – no bumpers are allowed as an additional piece to the pine car. Student have to remove the egg by inverting the car, NOT by removing the egg by hand (this is a change from last year’s rules).

Crime Busters – Students will evaluate crime scene evidence to determine who committed a crime.
*Grasp a Graph –Students will interpret and organize information using pictographs, pie, bar and line graphs, and venn diagram.
Mystery Architecture – This event is designed to test student’s ability to think on their feet. Students will be given a bag of materials to build a freestanding tower as tall as they can. The tower should be constructed to support a tennis ball at its top.


Reflection Relay – A team of three students will work cooperatively to determine the path a light beam takes, as it reflects off of a series of plain mirrors.


*Rock Hound- Students will identify various rocks and mineral specimens and answer questions about characteristics of these specimens.

http://scienceolympiad.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Rock+Hound


Rubber Band Catapult – Each team will build a device to launch a rubber band (s) towards a target.


Simple Machines – Students will identify, use and answer questions about simple machines and recognize the relationships between work, force and distance as they apply to each simple machine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9tXgUu7fXQ simple machines



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdM2jWg2uEE&list=PLEcCOWzTo3NM-WmEkFHog7107PGHNCDrU simple machines

Simple Machines
http://atlantis.coe.uh.edu/archive/science/science_lessons/scienceles1/finalhome.htm
http://library.thinkquest.org/J002079F/sub3.htm
http://www.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/InventorsToolbox.html
http://sunshine.chpc.utah.edu/javalabs/java12/machine/stdntovrvw.htm
http://www.fi.edu/qa97/spotlight3/
http://www.mikids.com/Smachines.htm
http://www.beaconlearningcenter.com/WebLessons/SimpleMachines/machines002.htm
http://teacher.scholastic.com/dirtrep/simple/index.htm




Starry Starry Night – This event will test students’ knowledge of astronomical facts and concepts relating to the earth, moon, solar system, celestial sphere, stars and constellations.




Water Rockets
– Team of students will build (prior to competition) and launch a 2-liter plastic bottle for maximum time aloft.
*Weather or Not – This competition will test the students’ knowledge of meteorological terms, techniques, and events.
*Wildlife Safari - Students will demonstrate their ability to identify wildlife and their habitats, as well as answer general information about the animals through the use of field guides.



Wildlife safari
http://museum.nhm.uga.edu/index.php?page=content/education/habitats/habitats
http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?path=/LandResources/Geography&id=h-948
http://www.fultonschools.org/school/hillside/Grade%20Level/Third/Georgia%20Habitats.ppt
http://www.valdosta.edu/~lmterry/topic.html











Macomb County Science Olympiad has put together a video series on each event to aid in the coaches preparation for students. If you follow this link and click on the purple boxes you will find a You Tube video of each one of these trainings.
http://macombso.org/index.php/esoevents/extravaganza-recap.html

updated the wiki page for the district to reflect our new events. It can be found here:http://scienceolympiad.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/





This Master Schedule link is copied below. Paper copies were sent home with the application and with a packet of information.It will also be posted by our homebase.

Birmingham Schools 17th Annual
Elementary Science Olympiad Competition

April 18, 2015

8:00 – 8:30 Registration 9:00 – 1:00 Competitive Events
8:30 – 8:50 Opening Ceremonies 1:15 – 2:00 Closing Ceremonies


9:00 – 9:30
9:35 – 10:05
10:10 – 10:40
10:45 – 11:15
11:20 – 11:50
11:55 – 12:25
12:30 – 1:00
Clay Boats===Rooms16===

Odd

Even



Wildlife SafariRoom 11


Even

Odd


Crash Car Eggspert
Gym
Self Schedule Construction and drop
Plan 30 minutes
Reflection Relay

Band Room 73

Self Schedule
Plan 10 minutes
Zowie MetricsRoom 5


Odd


Even

Crime Busters===Room 7===
Even

Odd

Charged Up
Room 4
Odd

Even

Mystery Architecture
Rooms 22

Even


Odd


Weather or Not
Room 18

Even

Odd

Rubber Band Catapult
Gym
Self Schedule
Plan 10 minutes
Water Rockets
Baseball diamond*outside*
Self Schedule Rockets
Plan 15 minutes
Jeopardy
Room 12
Odd


Even















Self Scheduled events times will be completed and given to building representatives before the day of the competition.

https://www.superteachertools.net/jeopardyx/jeopardy-review-game-from-com.php?gamefile=http://www.superteachertools.com/jeopardy/usergames/Feb201106/jeopardy1297443368.txt#.VNzXd_nF_Tp

Zowie Estimation **– Students will estimate a variety of substances and compare them between 3 units.
*These events are for exhibition only and will not count towards the overall score for competition.Students can still earn medals and ribbons in these 4 events.

http://www.schooltube.com/organization/227256/ this is the Macomb website for Science Olympiad All activities on school tube


https://jeopardylabs.com/this is a jeopardy website
http://quartonscienceolympiad.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/ Quarton science Olympiad page

http://www.soinc.org/sample_k6_events Science Olympiad k-6 some of the events are the same

http://www.esoatjhs.org/weather.html Weather or not



http://elementaryscienceolympiadbcs.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/home

http://www.regentsearthscience.com/jeopardy/erosion/jeopardy.htm



http://scienceolympiad.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Rock+Hound Rock Hound Links updated 3-19-2015