(After Team Selection Process is complete) Monday or Wednesday at 2:30pm You are your partners pick which day. Mrs. Ritchie's Room: 132 Fee: $75 per student ****This is a tryout club, selection process is below. Students can only be apart of one (1) try out club.
Written Test: Monday, September 19 - see specifics below
Building Event: Monday, September 26 - see specifics below
You must participate in both tryout events to be eligible to participate on this team.
MAKE SURE YOU sign up for both events.
We will NOT hold make-up tests or building events. You must be present for both days!
Written test information - mon, 9/19 at 2:30 Cafeteria
5 questions have been secretly determined to be tie breaker questions.
You must bring your own #2 pencil & pass
NO CELL PHONE will be permitted in the testing room, you must leave them in your locker.
Test Topics for the test this year include (and are in this order on the test):
Rocks and Minerals, no specific examples to view, will include Bowman’s reactions, weathering, igneous and metamorphic rock 5 questions
Reach for the Stars, focus on stars 6 questions
Microbe mission, 5 questions
Ecology general questions, only Temperate Deciduous Forest type Biome 7 questions
Meteorology This year’s focus is severe storms 6 questions
Dynamic Planet This year’s focus is large scale structures affecting the earth’s crust 7 questions
Invasive Species 7 questions, organisms limited to zebra mussels, emerald ash borer, Asian tiger mosquito, Asian long horned beetle, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, European Gypsy Moth, Asian Clam, Northern Snakehead.
Disease Detectives, vocabulary & case scenario with odds ratio 8 questions
Anatomy & Physiology (limited to general endocrine questions on thyroid and pancreas) 13 questions
Wind Power – 4 questions
Optics 7 questions
Road Scholar (map will be included) 6 questions
Experimental Design 5 questions (open answer)
building event - mon 9/26 at 2:30 cafeteria
This year we will have a few changes to the Science Olympiad Team try-outs. In addition to the study events, there will be a building event try-out.
The directions for the building event will be given out after the test portion of the try-out on 9/19. You must complete both building event try-outs as well as the test try-outs to be considered for the team.
Science Olympiad does not just host study events. This year the following building events will be at the competitions; Hovercraft, Mission Possible, Scrambler, Towers, Wind Power, and Wright Stuff. There are also 2 lab events; Crime Busters and Food Science that will not be considered for the try-outs. Please note that FCPS policies prohibit much of the lab event preparation from happening in FCPS classrooms.
important dates to remember:
Monday, October 3 - Rocky Run team will be selected.
Wednesday, October 5 - Parent Meeting 6pm - Cafeteria
Monday, October 10 - First After-School Meeting - students pick which day Monday or Wednesday
Date to be determined - Building Event at Longfellow Middle School
December 2, 2016: 2:30-4:30pm - Gym - Building Event check in, pizza and volleyball.
Saturday, December 17, 2016 - Rustin Invitational in PA - more information below.
Review the link above, you cannot compete in any events that are on at the same time.
You will give your top 5 with partner consideration within the next couple of week, review what you want to do.
Have a parent present at the Parent Meeting on (Date to be determined)
After topics are chosen you must meet with Mrs. Ritchie on either Monday or Wednesday from 2:30-3:30pm each week
Invitational: Saturday, December 17 in Pennsylvania
Regional Event: Date to be determined shortly.
Work hard each week to study and prepare.
Ask questions if you need help or don't understand.
Don't wait until the last minute to start working.
Parent: Fees: $75 per student
Registration Fee for Invitational & SO Regionals
Hospitality Items required of team at invitationals, regionals, and states.
Rocky Run will have 2 teams of 15 students each. Students will have 2-3 events that they will participate in.
Once they know these events, they should start studying; lots of resources are on the blackboard and RR SO website.
Students must meet once a week with their partner with Mrs. Ritchie in Room 132 on a Monday or Wednesday from 2:30-3:30pm.
We are a Division B Team, the general rules and manual must be followed closely.
Please read over and talk over the events with your child. We have to put students in each of the 23 topics so not everyone will get their top choice.
Mrs. Ritchie is NOT the sole coach on this team. Each parent must commit to helping their child and partner practice, study, and prepare.
If you need space or supplies within the building or from the school, contact Mrs. Sperling Tyner firstname.lastname@example.org email is the quickest way to get a response, at least a day in advance to ensure we can accommodate your requests.
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