Science Olympiad Season 2019-2020 Kick-Off


The SciOly team at AMS is an Academic Team run by volunteer parents. AMS will have two teams, each having 15 students. The teams will be led entirely by parent volunteers who help mentor the students in their chosen events. The 23 science events are not taught by teachers, nor is there a set curriculum provided. Instead, volunteer parent coaches mentor students in their event of choice. Parents are essential to helping their students navigate information and assignments at home. Students will be encouraged to develop skills to scaffold their own learning at home, and prepare for competition with a teammate for each event. The lionshare of study and building engineer projects is at home, and practicing with peers in club meetings. Parent involvement is greatly encouraged & will be needed it to make it successful.
 
Science Olympiad is a proven and effective program that ignites a passion for science in participants and leads them to degrees and careers in STEM. Students who begin in middle school, most often return year after year throughout high school. Students will learn many life skills and you will see them evolve.
Teamwork
Leadership
Researching & Innovation.
Building
Being Responsible.
Science Olympiad is a nationwide competition. Students compete in 23 events that include earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Science Olympiad is designed to increase a student’s interest in STEM fields and provide recognition for outstanding achievement in team events. Students compete in Science Olympiad with the top teams advancing from Regional to State to National levels.
The SciOly team at AMS is an Academic Team run by volunteer parents. AMS will have two teams, each having 15 students. The teams will be led entirely by parent volunteers who help mentor the students in their chosen events. The 23 science events are not taught by teachers, nor is there a set curriculum provided. Instead, volunteer parent coaches mentor students in their event of choice. Parents are essential to helping their students navigate information and assignments at home. Students will be encouraged to develop skills to scaffold their own learning at home, and prepare for competition with a teammate for each event. The lionshare of study and building engineer projects is at home, and practicing with peers in club meetings. Parent involvement is greatly encouraged & will be needed it to make it successful.

Detailed information about Science Olympiad is available at :
 
Science Olympiad website : https://www..soinc.org/
Bay Area Science Olympiad website: https://statescioly.org/norcal-bay-area.
 
Registration:
 
As a first step we need interested students to register through the AMS SciOly website. Please submit the sign-up form available at the following page:
 
The deadline to complete your registration is Friday, September 27 .
 
 
Upcoming activities :
 
Sunday, Sept. 8th : Solano Stroll at the Albany Science Olympiad booth, in front of Zarri’s Delicatessen, on Solano.
Buy a t-shirt at 8 a.m. and join us for the parade at 10 a.m.. All are welcome. Parent alumni, students from highschool, and student alumni will be at the booth for Sign ups, and to answer your questions.
 
Saturday, Sept. 14: Parent & Student SciOly Orientation. Presentations from AMS and AHS coaches, policies on attendance and tryouts covered, forum to sign up and answer your questions. Albany Public Library, 1:00 pm, Edith Stone Room (TBD!)
 
September & October: student club weekly meetings afterschool which will be open to all interested students. Dates will be announced later.
 
October (mid): (TBD) AMS Parent Mandatory Team Orientation. This will be a meeting to review school wide policies, Science Olympiad calendar and tryouts, practice and tournament policies, and you will be able to ask questions which will help us to ensure that we have a positive overall experience and a successful season.
 
November (first week) TBD - Try Outs
 
December thru February, Competition Season. There are 4 invitational tournaments, ending in the Regional Tournament end of March, each held from 7 a.m to 7 pm Saturdays at the host school’s site. A student on a team is committed to showing up for their partners in their events, and for the team overall.
 
February 29, All day Saturday, Regionals.
 
 
IMPORTANT:
All tournament transportation is provided by volunteer parent carpool drivers, and the tournaments are at significant distances, in Sacramento, Hayward,Tracy and Palo Alto. While this is an enriching program for the students, it requires time and mentoring commitments from parents too, so that the volunteer coaches and students have the support they require for a positive experience.
 
Thanks,
AMS SciOly team.