Science Olympiad is a rigorous and fun academic competition where students compete with partners or small groups in several events. Some events require intense study of a particular science topic (such as the human respiratory system in "A is for Anatomy" or habitability of various solar system planets or exoplanets in "Solar System"). Other events require students to show off their engineering prowess by building a device to perform a certain task within strict parameters, such as a trebuchet in "Storm the Castle" or designing a device made of straws and tape to protect an egg in "Straw Egg Drop".
Additionally, some events are lab based events where students have to identify specimens under a microscope (Bio Process Lab), perform an experiment with materials provided (Experimental Design), or identify who committed a crime based on the scientific evidence left behind (Crime Busters). Students at RITechA have the opportunity to practice from October through early March and participate in two divisions of Science Olympiad regional competitions, held on a Saturday in March.
The regional competitions are coordinated annually by the San Joaquin County Office of Education. Students in 3rd through 5th grade compete in Division A, also known as Elementary Science Olympiad, and our Middle School students (grades 6-8) compete in Division B. Division A events are designed locally by SJCOE and Division B events are created by the national Science Olympiad organization. Team winners from the regional Division B competition can move on to State and then National competitions.
For more information, please contact Head Coach, Cheryl DeLancey at [email protected]