Science Olympiad

The 2020 District 64 Science Olympiad for students in Grades 3, 4 and 5 will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Emerson Middle School from 9:00am to 11:00am.

What is the Science Olympiad?  It is a morning filled with science and engineering challenges in an Olympic-type format. With the assistance of their parents, students in grades 3-5 work in teams to represent their schools. "Winning teams" receive  first, second, or third place medals. All students receive a special Science Olympiad certificate and souvenir.
 

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Event Information 

Using one sheet of paper and 5 centimeters of masking tape, can you make a paper airplane fly so that it will land on a target 8 meters away? 

See Aerodynamics video or click here for detailed guidelines.

Please contact event coordinator, Steve Barta, with any questions. 

With 10 sheets of paper, 15 inches of tape, and scissors, can you make a landing pad for an egg so that the egg doesn’t crack when you drop it 4 feet, 5 feet, 6 feet, 7 feet, 8 feet or higher?

See Egg Drop video or click here for detailed guidelines.

Please contact event coordinator, Gary Tajalle, with any questions. 

Can you blindly identify the characteristics of an object hidden inside a mystery box?  Just using your sense of touch, can you tell its weight?  Its length?  Its texture?  Can you identify the object?

See Mystery Box video or click here for detailed guidelines.

Please contact event coordinators, Gretchen Shaw or Meghan Kelleher,with any questions. 

Can you build a catapult that will shoot a rubber band so that it lands on a target placed between 4 to 10 meters away? Can you create a chart and explain it?

See Rubber Band Catapult video or click here for detailed guidelines.

Please contact event coordinator, Candice Powers, with any questions. 

Can you build a tall, free-standing structure out of 250 round wooden toothpicks and 1 stick of clay?  

How tall can you build it……… before it tips?

See Structures video or click here for detailed guidelines.

Please contact event coordinators, Nikki Craig or Ben Craig, with any questions. 

COACHES & JUDGES:

Fingerprinting can be done on a walk-in basis, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. at the School District 64 Educational Service  Center, 164 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge. Please note that there is no need for fingerprinting if a parent only wishes to help judge an event.  Parents who serve as judges do so only on the day of the event and so require no background check. If you were fingerprinted at D64 last year, you do not have to repeat this process.  

Coaches need not be science experts.  They simply need to learn the event alongside the children and use common sense ideas to guide them.  Coaches must clear the fingerprinting process prior to starting any practices. Coaches need to be available to practice with the students on their team.

Judges need not be science experts.  They simply need to learn the event alongside their son or daughter and be ready on the day of the Olympiad to work under the guidance of the event coordinator.  Parents do not judge their own children’s teams.

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