Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Student Prepare for Elementary Science Olympiad

Students in grades 3-6 have been meeting after school in preparation for the first elementary division of the Science Olympiad. The event will take place on April 23rd at KCC. Events include:
  •  Describe It & Build It: Technical writing skills are an important part of an engineer or scientist’s abilities to communicate precisely and clearly. This event will test a team’s ability to effectively communicate by having one team member write a description of how to build a device and having his or her partner re-construct the device from raw materials.
  • Experimental Design: This event will determine a team’s ability to design, conduct, and report the findings of an experiment actually conducted on site.
  • Ramp 'n' Roll: Teams will design, build and test a gravity-powered vehicle released from a ramp, to travel a certain distance and stop as close to the finish line as possible.
  • 3,2,1 Blast Off* : Prior to the tournament,  teams construct two rockets designed to stay aloft for the greatest amount of time.  Rockets are made from 2 liter soda bottles and pressurized with air and water.
  •  Don't Bug Me: Team will be assessed on their knowledge of insects. Teams are to distinguish insects from non-insects, identify various body parts, characteristics, habitats, ecological significance, life cycles, and major orders of insects.
  • Gunk Challenge: 
Each team will design a piece of material called “gunk” from three specific materials in order to meet criteria announced at the event.
  • A is for Anatomy: Teams will be assessed on the knowledge of anatomical structures of the human nervous, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems. Included on the test are scientific names of the parts of the brain, a spinal cord cross section, a neuron, the simple spinal reflex, the cardiovascular system and the respiratory system.
  •  Pasta Tower: 
Prior to the tournament, teams will design and build the lightest pasta tower, with the highest structural efficiency, capable of supporting a load of up to 10.0 kg. Each team may bring and enter only one tower. (Pictured above.)
  • Which Way is North: Students will test their map reading skills by answering geographical questions using maps of different kinds.
Many thanks to Sue Macklin and Cristy Peeren for coaching our team. Our team includes: 5th grade - Thatcher Magoun, Kilinoe Oliveira; 4th grade - Dylan Watanabe, Titus Schweitzer, Connor Tavares, Kai Spindt, Kaelen Suzuki-Kaohi, Zack Ing, Anuhea Ke; 3rd grade: Aria Cuthbertson; 2nd grade - Max Evslin (Max joined the team as a Lego League veteran.)