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    West Liberty-Salem Science Olympiad (Div B)

    Science Olympiad is a multi-national program with over 350,000 students involved annually.  Teams of 15 students in grades 6, 7, 8, and 9 are fielded from individual schools which compete against other schools in 23 different events that cover the entire range of science topics including biology, chemistry, physics, technology, earth science, and mathematics.  Some events require building devises ahead of time before the competition such as bridges, gliders, cars, etc., while other events require study and content knowledge.  Please note that Science Olympiad is not a club, and participation is in no way connected to a student’s classroom grade.  It is a highly structured extracurricular activity that is governed by a national committee. 

    Tournaments focus on hands-on experience and lab station formats.  Individuals win medals in specific events, which add to an overall team score.  Middle School teams, grades 6-9, compete in Division B, while High School teams, grades 9-12, compete in Division C.  Tournaments start at the Regional level.  Currently in Ohio, 320 teams compete in eight Science Olympiad Regional Tournaments.  Our WL-S team competes in the Southwest Regional in Piqua on the third Saturday in March.  The top six Middle Schools at this Regional advance to the State Science Olympiad Tournament which is held on the last Saturday in April at The Ohio State University campus.  The top two winning schools in each division will be invited to compete in the National Science Olympiad Tournament which is held on the third Saturday in May at a different college campus from around the country each year.

    Each season we compete at invitational tournaments beginning in January as well as our Regional tournament and State tournament if we qualify.  At invitational tournaments, the coaches write all the tests and run all of the events.  To help prepare for tournaments, practices begin in November after school in the 7th grade Science classroom and the Middle School hallway, or the HS library.  They last from 3:00 to 5:00.  Team members can expect to practice one to four times a week from November to April.  Some events require building devises ahead of time before the competition such as towers, hovercraft, airplanes, cars, etc., while other events require study and content knowledge.  Team members can expect to be given one or two building events and three or more study events.  Building events require a devise to be built ahead of time before the competition.  This will require considerable time spent outside of school.  These will be built on weekends with the help of our parent coaches

    Help from parents and area professionals is crucial to the success of our team.  The main reason that we have been so competitive recently is because of the incredible amount of support from parents and community members.  West Liberty-Salem is excited about its Science Olympiad program.  It gives students the incentive to study areas in science that they might want to pursue latter in life and helps prepare them for college.  If you have any questions, or if you wish to help in any way, please contact Mr. Cameron Spencer at school at 465-1060 ext 310 or e-mail cspencer@wlstigers.org 



    Brief Description of Events for the 2018-2019 Season

    (B) building event, requires a device to be built before the tournament

    1) Anatomy and Physiology- Understand the anatomy of the human body systems: cardiovascular, lymphatic and excretory.

    2) Battery Buggy(B) - Teams will construct a vehicle that uses electrical energy as its sole means of propulsion, quickly travels a specified distance, and stops as close as possible to the Finish Point.

    3) Boomilever (B) - Teams will design and build a Boomilever (cantilever – bridge supported on only one side) meeting requirements specified in the rules supporting a minimum load and to achieve the highest structural efficiency.

    4) Circuit Lab - Participants must complete tasks and answer questions about electricity and magnetism.

    5) Crime Busters- Given a scenario, a collection of evidence, and possible suspects, students will perform a series of tests that along with other evidence will be used to solve a crime.

    6) Density Lab - Participants compete in activities and answer questions about mass, density, number density, area density, concentration, pressure and buoyancy.

    7) Disease Detectives- Participants will use investigative skills in the scientific study of disease, injury, health and disability in populations or groups of people.

    8) Dynamic Planet- Students will use process skills to complete tasks related to glaciers, glaciation and long-term climate change.

    9) Elastic Launched Glider (B) - Prior to the tournament teams design, construct, and test elastic launched gliders to achieve the maximum time aloft.

    10) Experimental Design- This event will determine a participant's ability to design, conduct and report the findings of an experiment conducted on site.

    11) Fossils- Teams demonstrate their knowledge of ancient life by completing selected tasks at a series of stations including but not limited to fossil identification, answering questions about classification, habitat, ecologic relationships, behaviors, environmental adaptations and the use of fossils to date and correlate rock units.

    12) Game On - This event will determine a team's ability to design and build an original computer game using the program Scratch incorporating the scientific theme provided to them by the supervisor.

    13) Heredity - Participants will solve problems and analyze data or diagrams using their knowledge of the basic principles of genetics.

    14) Herpetology- This event will test knowledge of amphibians and reptiles.

    15) Meteorology- This event emphasizes understanding of basic meteorological principles with emphasis on analysis and interpretation of meteorological data, graphs, charts and images. 

    16) Mystery Architecture- At the beginning of the event, teams will be given a bag of building materials and instructions for designing and building a device that can be tested.

    17) Potions and Poisons- This event is about chemical properties and effects of specified toxic and therapeutic chemical substances, with a focus on household and environmental toxins or poisons.

    18) Road Scholar- Participants will answer interpretive questions that may use one or more state highway maps, USGS topographic maps, Internet-generated maps, a road atlas or satellite/aerial images.

    19) Roller Coaster(B) - Prior to the competition, teams design, build, and test a roller coaster track to guide a vehicle that uses gravitational potential energy as its sole means of propulsion to travel as close as possible to a target time.

     20) Solar System- Students will demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the geologic characteristics and evolution of the Earth's moon and other rocky bodies of the solar system.

    21) Thermodynamics(B) - Teams must construct an insulated device prior to the tournament that is designed to retain heat and complete a written test on thermodynamic concepts.

    22) Water Quality - Participants will be assessed on their understanding and evaluation of aquatic environments.

    23) Write It Do It- One student will write a description of an object and how to build it, and then the other student will attempt to construct the object from this description.