FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Science Olympiad?
The Science Olympiad is an exciting event where students compete in events related to STEM. Students "train" from October-May. The county competition occurs in March and if we place in the top 6 we advance to the state competition in May.
What is the time commitment for the team?
October-January: Morning practice 7:10-7:35 M-F (# of days depends on how many events students are preparing for)
January-March: Morning practice 7:10-7:35 M-F & Wednesday afternoon practice 2:45-3:30
Students will also need to practice and study at home as needed.
*Practice schedules are made based on the availability of event coaches, I cannot guarantee that a students' extracurricular schedule be accommodated by the team
How can my child join the team?
Students in grades 3-5 can submit an application to join the team. (see below)
Students will answer the questions on the application to the best of their ability.
When will the application process occur/how will I know?
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OUT. THEY ARE DUE BACK ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH. The application process was announced on BNN, in the Bobcat Tales Newsletter, and in (3-5) teacher newsletters.
*Students will need to take initiative to pick up an application from a designated area. Applications will not be emailed or delivered to students.
How are students picked for the team?
Only 20 students are allowed to compete at the Fulton County Science Olympiad competition. The application will be scored using a rubric. Students with the highest scores will be invited to join our team. (Due to official rules: 4 students from 3rd grade, 8 students from 4th grade, 8 students from 5th grade)
What is on the rubric?
In order to keep a competitive edge and ensure all students have the same opportunity, we do not share what is on the rubric ahead of time.
My suggestion is to be sure that students completely answer the application questions and give plenty of details and examples.
*Students are not scored on grammar or writing ability but simply on how they answer the questions.
How can I help my child get on the team?
We are seeking enthusiastic students who have a passion for science! It is important to know that Science Olympiad requires a large time commitment AND the drive to study at home. Many events are not "build" events where students are creating something, they require the student to study and learn information to compete in a test-like format. (If your child does not enjoy studying/researching topics the team may not be for them)
What if my child does not make the team?
We are excited to announce that students who do not make the team will be invited to join our Science Olympiad Club this year! Details will be announced via invitation after the application process. Students must apply to the team in order to be invited to to join club.