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Science Olympiad at Andover High School

What is Science Olympiad? Science Olympiad is an after-school, competetive club focusing in the various disciplines of science. Teams compete against other area schools at a Regional tournament to possibly qualify for the Kansas State Tournament held at Wichita State. Should the team place first, the team would be invited to the National Tournament. Competitions are held Olympic-style as there are 23 different events that students could compete in.

What are the events? There are 23 possible events that students could compete in, and they are divided into the categories: Life/Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Earth/Space Sciences, and Engineering/Science Inquiry. Events vary in their competitive requirements. Some are test-based requiring application of science knowledge. Others are lab-based where students could complete hands-on type activities. Finally, some require building a device to test in front of judges at the competition. For a complete list of events (and other information on Science Olympiad), go here.

What are the expectations of me? Students are required to try-out for the team as there are limitations to the number of students who can be on a competetive team. Should you be chosen for the team by the coaches, you will be expected to 1) Attend practices (Science Olympiad runs from mid-October through possibly April if the team qualifies for state. We encourage participation in other sports/activities, please fill in any conflicts that might occur on your tryout application or let Mr. Hallmark know once practice begins), 2) Prepare for what is required of the events that are on your case-load, 3) Attend ALL competitions (Regionals – Saturday, February 12, 2022 at ACHS; State – Saturday, April 2, 2022 at WSU)).

  • Practice Information: As we continue to grow, we are continually revising what works and didn’t work. Based on feedback from the 2021 competition year, practices for first semester will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays beginning October 18 through December 8 (which will give all high school team members finals week off). More practice days may be added in January and February as the team approaches competitions. 
    • Students are required to attend 2 practices per week. If you miss without prior approval from a coach, this will be counted as unexcused, and 3 unexcused practices will result in dismissal from the team.
    • Schedule Note: There will not be any practice the week of Thanksgiving Break (November 22 and 23).
  • Click HERE for a copy of the team handbook for more detailed expectations.

How do I get involved? If you are interested in trying out, you will need to complete the following steps:

NEW!! Click here for a link to the content discussed during the informational meeting. 

  1. Fill out Application. Application will be given out during the informational meeting and the link will also be posted here. Applications are due by 3:00PM on October 4.
  2. Complete the Tryout Proces (All students will complete a written test before/after school over various science content areas; For those students interested in building events, you will need to complete an engineering challenge – more details will be given in the informational meeting).
    • The written test will be given on October 5 and 6. You can choose which time works for you: 10/5 @ 7AM or 3PM; 10/6 @ 7AM or 3PM. All tests will be given at AMS in room 809.
    • The engineering challenge will be due to Mr. Hallmark in room 809 by 3PM on Friday, October 8. 
  3. Team members will receive an email from Mr. Hallmark by noon on October 15. Students will be notified for both acceptance and rejection. Please check your email as there will be important details regarding the first week of practice.

Contact Information:

  • Coach: Keegan Hallmark
  • Email: hallmark@usd385.org
  • Room 809, Andover Middle School

Lettering Requirements for Science Olympiad: For students wishing to obtain a letter in Science Olympiad, the requirements are to:

  • Attend and actively contribute to practices at least 50% of the year.
  • Participate in at least one event in both the Regional and State tournament.

 

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