What is Science Olympiad?North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to attract and retain the pool of K-12 students entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers in North Carolina. Every year NCSO hosts tournaments on university, community college, and public school campuses across the state. These tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of different hands-on, interactive, challenging and inquiry-based events that are well balanced between the various disciplines of biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering and technology.
In 2014, more than 800 K-12 teams representing over 14,000 students and 70 counties in North Carolina participated in NCSO activities. NCSO is indebted to the thousands of volunteers that donate their time each year to making our activities a success.
The challenging and self-motivating events of NCSO align with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study as well as the National Science Education Standards. The events are designed to enhance and strengthen both science content and process skills.
*From the Science Olympiad website.
What about Science Olympiad at South Graham?
Science Olympiad at South Graham is an afterschool club that meets once a week on Thursday afternoons until 4:00pm. Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade participate in Science Olympiad but must complete an application and be selected for the team of 18-20 students prior to attending the meetings after school. At practice, students will work independently, with a partner, or with a teacher to become an expert on one particular area of science. In April, students will attend a competition with other ABSS elementary school Science Olympiad teams. Students will compete in their 2-3 events, answering questions, building and testing designs, or solving problems during a 10-60 minute time slot. Applications will be available in August, practices will begin in September, and competition will take place in April!