Meetings: October 22 & October 23, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 211 of CMS
We are inviting you to attend a special evening event to formally announce a new and exciting opportunity for students, The Science Olympiad, for both CMS and BMS. This one-time evening event, which will take place in the Auditorium at Bedford on October 9, from 7:30 - 8:30 pm, is designed to share information that students and families need to make educated decisions about participation.
Headlining the presentation will be Brendan Herlihy, the Connecticut State Science Olympiad Director, who will present a comprehensive overview of this multifaceted competition, which encompasses state and potentially national-level competition. The Science Olympiad is a nationwide organization dedicated to promoting science education through conducting competitive science tournaments. Teams of up to 15 students meet and compete in 23 events that span areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Teams spend months studying and preparing for the state-level ‘big competition’ which is an exciting day; the state-level winning team is invited to compete in the national competition.
The Science Olympiad is an after school program open to all students. Each middle school in Westport is eligible to form its own team; since the rules dictate that teams be school-based, each team will organize, study and prepare independently. To be clear, there will be a CMS team and BMS team. While teams cannot have more than 15 students; multiple school-based teams will be formed based on interest and participation. Furthermore, there are no grade-level restrictions, all students in grade 6, 7 and 8 are welcome to participate.
Teams prepare to compete in three major categories of events: knowledge-based (ex. entomology), skill-based (ex. map reading and interpretation), and building-based (ex. robotics, balsa wood structures for strength and flight). At this time, teams have not been formed; teams will formed well after the initial presentation on 10/9/13. Teams will be formed from the pool of participating students approximately one month in advance of the state level Science Olympiad event which takes place on March 22, 2014.
Since this is an after school program, students will be expected to attend 1-3 study/work sessions per week. These sessions will be predicated on students’ interests in the various events. Participation in Science Olympiad will require students’ and parents’ time, attention, support and sustained interest.
We invite you to join us as we embark on this new initiative. Since Science Olympiad has never been offered at the middle level in Westport, this will be a learning-year for all involved.
Here are two core resources for your review: