Watch for information on Science Olympiad March 2015
Check out the information below about last year.
We will give current information to students during science class in December



Science Olympiad 2014

Results Great job Pierce team 13 & 14

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See March 24 note below for last minute details. This was e mailed out to parents.

Links we found

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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


Thank you Amelia and Remi for finding so many helpful links.

Events with Students- updated March 10



The Pierce Teams



Name tags and times for each student
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Detailed descriptions of schedules are on the link below


4th AND 5th grade team 13








5th grade team 14






Check out the Power Point with information on Science Olympiad



Monday March 24 Inforamtion 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 March 29th!
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 Mrs McComas for scientists to have cheese pizza at lunch.

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: 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.

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, Pentathlon, 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: Jeopardy
We will be using a computerized Jeopardy game. It has the capability to have up to 9 buzzers for our 9 schools represented. One student from each team will be at the buzzer to buzz into the system for the correct “question”. We will rotate students from each team up to the buzzer so everyone has an opportunity to participate. Once at the buzzer, the student will independently answer the question in a “question” format.

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 #9: 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 Michigan birds.

Item #10 – Pentathlon – Will be inside in our first grade hallway.

Item #11 – Clay Boats – We will be providing the same clay for all 18 teams.

Item #12 – Circuit Wizardry - We have updated the stations and all materials have been tested!

Item #13 – Wildlife Safari – please have each team bring their bird books with notes. We will have extra books available if they need to borrow one of ours.


Item #14– Robot Garage – Robot Garage will bring hands-on demonstrations from 9-1:00 p.m.

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. This year these are the closed events: Clay Boats, Weather or Not, Zowie Metrics, Circuit Wizardry, Jeopardy, Pentathlon, Reflection Relay, Wildlife Safari and Bridging the Gap will be closed to adults and other students.
Open Events: These 4 events are open for any visitors to watch. Rubber Band Catapult and Crash Car Eggspert will both be located in the gym. Water Rockets will be located on the baseball diamond – outside. Pentathlon will be located in the hallway, but you can only watch the team go to the start.
Beverly is in charge of finding a judge for Clay Boats
Quarton is in charge of finding a judge for Wildlife Safari
Harlan is in charge of finding a judge for Crash Car Eggspert
Pembroke is in charge of finding a judge for Zowie Metrics
Bingham Farms is in charge of finding a judge for Circuit Wizardry
Greenfield is in charge of finding a judge for Bridging the Gap
Pierce is in charge of on finding a judge for Rubber Band Catapult
BCS is in charge of finding a judge for Water Rockets – Mr. Brown – BCS
West Maple is in charge of finding a judges for Pentathlon, Reflection Relay, and Jeopardy
Weather or Not – Barbara Pepper at Derby

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

Thank you for all of your support!!! We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 29th. It’s a team effort!


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



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Some of this will come home in paper form on Tues March 4

We will be meeting on Tuesday the next C day at lunch time in Room 216. Please be sure to check the date March 29 to be sure your scientist is still able to come from 8:15-2:00 West maple Elem
Feb 28
I have had a few parents volunteer to help coach teams but most of the practice has 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.
Tues march 4
We will worked on

Water Rockets added
Crash car eggspert
Zowie Metrics
Weather or Not-
Clay boats may come work by themselves with our materials or take clay home.
Jacob Z and Joey S Lucas M and Jonathon M We might add another person

March 10
Reflection relay PRACTICED TODAY. THEY WILL GET TOGETHER AGAIN ON FRIDAY. Once we know the time of the event we will break the 6 people into 2 teams of 3.

Circuit Wizardry- Thank you Mr Campbell for helping 2 teams study for this event. The students should have come home with books about electricity. Please find ways to study more about electricity and circuits at home. This group will have wires etc to build with on Friday. Please bring working batteries since ours are al worn out from lots of practice and circuit fun.
We lost one of our Catapult coaches so we have some students asking at home if there is a parent who knows how to build a catapult.

Extra Practice March 13 Thursday
Bridging the Gap- bring supplies form home to build with look over the list. We have some but not specific to the event list.
Zowie Metrics still needs people. We will find some on Thurs or Friday

March 14 Quiz show practice- Try to be reading lots of science to practice these events
Pentathlon
Wildlife Safari- Michigan birds( You should have had the bird books to study before this date
Jeopardy
Circuit /electricity questions or building circuits
March 20 No practice due to conferences
March 26 Demonstration of all the events
Rubber Band catapult demonstration and try out the old catapults*This needs to be built at home
Water rocket demonstration assuming it is not too cold outside.
March 29 The big day at West maple We will give you your t shirt to wear when you arrive. We wash and reuse the shirts**.
Here are our teams. We can still have a few more students join or we may add students into more events. Some changing might still happen

Feb 28
I have had a few parents volunteer to help coach teams but most of the practice has 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.






Feb 11 email to parents and students

This is our first e mail to parents. Please e mail back so we know you will be getting all our future e mails. We will also e mail the students under their BPS e mail address.

Watch for another e mail with a list of the events and the Teams and a link to the information so far.
Remember we will have changes along the way so feel free to communicate any needs you have as parents.

We have been getting our teams finalized for Science Olympiad.


Every C day we are meeting at recess and lunch with Mrs McComas and Mrs Cortez. We are highlighting 4 events each C day.
Thursday Feb 13 we will work on
Crash car eggspert

Zowie Metrics

Weather or Not- We need another interested person for this event.

Clay boats may come work by themselves with our materials.

Even if these aren’t your event, all science Olympiads as well as friends from your grade who are interested are invited to join in on the learning. And fun during our school practices.



On Thursday we will be having another practice for the reflection relay since they ran out of time.

Wildlife Safari is an event where students will demonstrate their ability to identify Michigan birds and their habitat through the use of field guides. We are still looking for 2-3 more students interested in this event. Maybe a parent wants to foster an interest in bird and is willing to help study at home.

See the attached Draft of our teams. We will make changes as needed. Remember everyone wants to do Water Rocket and clay boats, but many of the other events are interesting. We have helpers for each team who are welcome to help at all the practices.

Check out all the events under the Event descriptions.
5th grade
Dec 16 -18 week Information given during Science class
Forms due Jan 13
Teams assigned for Jan 15 meeting
Meetings Jan 15, 22,28 Each team will come to at least one of these meetings
2nd meeting Feb 3 or 7 Feb 12 Extra meeting for teams who need more help
All teams will meet on Feb 25 to share out to the group

4th grade
Jan 23 or 24 Information given during lunch recess
Forms due Jan 28
Teams assigned by Jan 31 or first meetings on Feb 3meeting
Meetings Jan 15, 22,28 Each team will come to at least one of these meetings
Feb 3 or 7 Feb 12 Extra meeting for teams who need more help
All teams will meet on Feb 25 to share out to the group

Meetings on C days at lunch in room 216

Detailed information on each event is on this link. Look for other Science Olympiad Information on u tube and google to find what other schools are doing.


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

Check out more details on each event on the link above.


Science Olympiad Events
March 29, 2014


Bridging the Gap – This event is designed to test student’s ability to think on their feet. They will be given a bag of appropriate materials which they will use to build a bridge. The bridge should be constructed to span the greatest possible distance while supporting a tennis ball at its midpoint.


Circuit Wizardy – This event will challenge the student’s knowledge of direct current (DC) cicuits using low voltage batteries.


Clay Boats – Each team will construct a clay boat from a wad of clay with a total mass of 30 grams. Students will then float their clay boat in a tub of water and load objects in the hull until the boat sinks.


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.


Pentathlon –Five physical skills are interspersed with science questions in an obstacle course that will be run in a relay race style where each student passes an object to the next student.


*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.


Science Jeopardy – Contestants choose a category and a level of difficulty from the game board and view and listen to an answer to a question. The first team to respond with an appropriate question for the answer will be awarded points and will choose the next topic level.

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


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 Michigan wildlife and their habitats through the use of field guides.
*Zowie Metrics – Students will estimate a variety of substances and compare them between 3 units.

* Parent coaches are helpful


Must have a parent coach to provide supplies, knowledge and time at home
All the events are practiced at school during lunch time, but a parents help will be appreciated to give detailed help and extra time for practice.