Camas School District Science Olympiad 2012

Camas School District Science Olympiad 2012-2013 Registration
Our goal is to have fun learning to do science well, and to compete with honor and grace. We measure our progress
by how well we do in competitions with other schools in local, state and national tournaments, as individuals and as
a team. Our CSD Science Olympiad Booster Club spans the grades from 3rd through 12th grades. Each school also
has its own club. If you have a question you cannot get answered, email
To learn more about Science Olympiad visit the state website at:
Team Coaching meetings are after school for about an hour. At team meetings you get info from your team
Coach on how to access event information and event coaching so you can prepare for the competitions.
Event Coaching meetings for the different events are arranged between the coaches and the students in each
event. Most students are in 3 to 4 events, so expect more meetings in season.
Parent Booster Club meetings are for all students, parents, coaches and volunteers to attend if they can. .
We will set next year’s calendar and goals. This group is the steering committee for CSD Science
Olympiad. Each school also holds their own Parent meetings for their school club, setting their own goals
and calendar. .
Night Study Time: open to all team members to practice, 7:00pm to 9:00pm at our CHS Science Olympiad
Club house, rooms 506/507/508. Open to Liberty, Skyridge and CHS SciOly team members, and others by
The middle and high school competition season is December through March, with the State Tournament in
April. The elementary season is September through November, with the final event at Clark College in
early November. All competitions are on Saturday beginning about 9:00am.
Please email your school contact listed below for competition dates and meeting times.
Dues and other Commitments
Students at HS and MS must be in ASB to participate. Build-it events usually require some financial commitment
from the parents. If you make it onto a state-level team you will likely need to contribute 200$ towards
transportation costs. If you make it onto a national team, you will likely need to contribute 1200$ towards travel
costs. When you sign your student up for Science Olympiad, you are also signing for yourself to join our CSD SO
extended family. You need not be a scientist to help.
School Contacts
Camas High School:
Helen Baller:
Dorothy Fox:
CSD district wide:
Grass Valley:
Prune Hill:
CSD district wide:
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Team Member Registration 2012-13 CSD Science Olympiad
Your Name:
Parent signature:
Grade level:
Sci. Teacher:
Parent Email address:
Student Email Address:
Events you are interested in: 1st_______________ 2nd _______________ 3rd _________________
How is your student getting home after meetings that end after the busses leave?
Science Olympiad Websites
For detailed Event information, see:
Science Olympiad National Home Page (select B events)
Team Meetings
Team meetings are after school on the following Thursdays, from 2:45 to about 3:45; room 204.
If a student is going to miss a meeting, the coach or team captain must be notified prior.
11 and 25
8 and 29
10 and 24
7 and 21
7 and…(TBD)
Tournaments Saturdays!
If you cannot commit to these dates you are not eligible for Science Olympiad. Please check
your family schedules.
December 8 SW Regional “B” Invitational Tournament 8am-5pm @ CHS
March 9
SW Regional Tournament 8am- 6pm @ Lower Columbia College
April 13
State Tournament 8am – 6pm @ Eastern Washington College
May ?
National Tournament
Expectations of Students
ASB Card
Attend all meetings & Competition
Master your events!
Keep a running journal-log of the work on ‘build-it’ event (according to event
direction/scoring criteria).
Wear team shirt to all competitions.
Try to sign up for one of each type of event: lab, study and build-it
My goal is to foster open communication among all participates and parents. I will be sending
you event schedule updates and tournament information throughout the season. Please provide a
valid email address on the application. I am also available to meet in person on most days from
2:45-3:15 upon your request. Keep in mind that the majority of S.O. event preparation takes
place at home outside the formal school day. Remember, when a student signs up, so do the
Thank you!
For extensive information and resources for each event, go to and click on
an event title.
Anatomy (Nervous, Digestive)
Disease Detectives (Environmental Quality)
Water Quality
Dynamic Planet (Glaciers)
Meteorology (Everyday Weather)
Reach for the Stars
Road Scholar
Rocks and Minerals
Keep the Heat
Shock Value
Sounds of Music
Crime Busters
Food Science
Mission Possible
Mouse Trap Vehicle
Metric Mastery
Rotor Egg Drop
Experimental Design
Write It Do It
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Anatomy (B) - Teams will be tested on their knowledge of anatomy and health concepts
including nervous and digestive systems.
Boomilever (B/C) - Students will build a cantilevered wooden structure.
Crime Busters (B) - Teams will identify the perpetrators of a crime or crimes by using paper
chromatography and analysis of unknown solids, liquids, and plastics found at the scene of a
Disease Detective (B/C) - This event requires students to apply principles of epidemiology to a
published report of a real-life health situation or problem. (Environmental Quality)
Dynamic Planet (B/C) - Teams will work at stations that display a variety of earth science
materials and related earth science questions. (Glaciers)
Experimental Design (B/C) - Given a set of unknown objects, teams will design, conduct,
analyze and write-up an experiment.
Food Science (B) - Using their understanding of the chemistry and physical properties of baking
ingredients, teams will answer questions at a series of stations.
Forestry (B/C) - This event will test student knowledge of North American trees that are on the
Official National Tree List.
Helicopters (B) - Students will construct and test free flight rubber-powered helicopters prior to
the tournament to achieve maximum flight times.
Heredity (B) - Students will solve problems and analyze data or diagrams using their knowledge
of the basic principles of genetics.
Keep the Heat (B) - Teams must construct an insulated device prior to the tournament that is
designed to retain heat. Students must also complete a written test on thermodynamic
Meteorology (B) - This event involves the use of process skills as applied to meteorology.
(Everyday Weather)
Metric Mastery (B) - Students will demonstrate an intuitive feeling for estimating then measuring
metric units including mass, volume, area, surface area, force, distance, time and temperature.
Mission Possible (B) - Prior to the competition, participants will design, build, test and document
a "Rube Goldberg-like device" that completes a required Final Task using a sequence of
consecutive tasks.
Mousetrap Vehicle (B) - Teams will design, build and test a vehicle using one mousetrap as the
sole means of propulsion to reach a target as quickly, accurately and close to their predicted
time as possible.
Reach for the Stars (B) - Students will demonstrate an understanding and basic knowledge of
the properties and evolution of stars, open clusters and globular clusters, and normal and starforming galaxies.
Road Scholar (B) - Requires the accurate interpretation and understanding of various map
features using a variety of road and topographic maps.
Rocks and Minerals (B/C) - Teams will demonstrate their knowledge of rocks and minerals.
Rotor Egg Drop (B) - A team will construct a helicopter device which uses one or more
helicopter rotors to safely transport a raw chicken egg from a specified height to the floor.
Shock Value (B) - Students will compete in activities involving basic understanding of electricity,
magnetism and simple electrical devices.
Sounds of Music (B) - Prior to the competition, students will build two instruments based on a 12
tone tempered scale, prepare to describe the principles behind their operation and be able to
perform a major scale, a required melody and a chosen melody with each.
Water Quality (B/C) - The event will focus on evaluating aquatic environments.
Write It/Do It (B/C) - A technical writing exercise where students write a description of a
contraption and other students will attempt to recreate it using only the written description.