Science Olympiad
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.






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2021 Rules Launch Nationally

Today the Science Olympiad Rules for the 2021 Season went live in the Science Olympiad Store.  Rules are live!  For more information see: 


MySO Launches Nationally
Now your students can work on Science Olympiad from wherever they are!  September 1, 2020 brings the launch of MySO.  For more information see: 
https://www.soinc.org/myso

2021 Maine State Tournament Event Schedule
Planning for 2021 is being affected by COVID-19, however, there is a clear plan based on the direction from National Science Olympiad:

1) If COVID-19 is completely cleared by April 2021, and schools are again participating in spring athletic events then the Traditional Science Olympiad Tournament will proceed on Saturday, April 10, 2021 on a date coordinated to avoid conflicts with the Maine State Science Fair, the Maine Science Festival, and certain MPA coordinated events and one-act play competition and music events.  A snow date of Saturday, April 17, 2021 is also set aside.  The "gold standard" tournament would run as usual, however caution would be kept to keep social distancing, appropriate hygiene, masking, etc. to minimize any number of potential flu or corona viruses.  If there still are health concerns, an awards ceremony would be conducted most likely by broadcast in the evening, with limited school representatives attending as travel permits.  Even if a full traditional awards ceremony is held, it will be simulcast and recorded for any team needing to leave early.
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2) If COVID-19 is still restricting group size +50 events, we will move to a Hybrid model.  Many events will use the Satellite SO model during "competition week" with timed, proctored, event exams given in teams' schools, or at an arranged and scheduled neutral location if the school has no classroom venue available.  Event sponsors will arrange to provide digital exams done using Internet resources or advanced-mailing similar to classic SAT exams.  "Build" events will be scheduled at college locations in various parts of the state on Saturday, April 10 and adjacent dates where teams will meet with event judges at scheduled times in wide open spaces such as a college location parking lot, gym, or fieldhouse.  This will minimize team-to-other-team interact, and allow for social distancing.  Central score compiling will be done by the State Directors Office who will prepare an online award announcement ceremony for broadcast.
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3) If the pandemic prevents even the hybrid/satellite model, the State Directors Office will determine a subset of test-based events for use in Satellite to preserve team competition.  Central score compiling will be done by the State Directors Office who will prepare an online award announcement ceremony for broadcast.
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Since the pandemic is a very fluid situation, we will work towards option 1 with option 2 as our current backup, and let you know that option 3 we will reserve for a perilous situation.  As of 9/8/2020, the National organization and the host site at Arizona State University believe that by next May it will be feasible to conduct a full National Tournament, with due consideration given to the lessons we've learned on social distancing and hygiene.  

Details to continue shortly!!


Registration Fees waived for 2021 tournament

Maine Science Olympiad leadership has decided to grant free participation in the 2021 season to teams that paid their membership fees for the, now cancelled, 2020 tournament. More good news to come later this spring. In the interim please know that Maine Science Olympiad is grateful for your efforts on behalf of students, STEM, and Maine Science Olympiad. We wish you good health in these anxious times.

MSO mourns the passing of Carrie Boudreau

It is with a heavy heart that we are share the unfortunate news that Carrie Boudreau, a science teacher and Science Olympiad coach at Falmouth Middle School and MSO's treasurer has passed away. Many of you probably did not know Carrie well. She was a masterful teacher and a good person. We think when you read her obituary you will agree that she was truly a remarkable individual. The MSO community will miss her and the smile she readily shared with others.
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PAST NEWS
2020 State and National Tournaments Cancelled


MSO received the following statement from the National Science Olympiad.
 
“Uncertainty surrounding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the risk of transmission at large indoor gatherings, and multiple cancellations of state tournaments with more expected, has led the Science Olympiad Board along with leadership at North Carolina State University to cancel the 2020 Science Olympiad National Tournament held in Raleigh, NC, scheduled for May 15-16, 2020. According to the CDC, one of the greatest health risks is to the senior adult population, which makes up a significant portion of our teachers, coaches, officials, key personnel and volunteers. While we know this cancellation will be very disappointing to students, coaches, supervisors, and parents after all the hard work that has been put into their season, we must put health and safety first. We encourage teams to look ahead to preparations for next year. Our state leaders will focus on planning events and generating excitement for the upcoming season.”
 
This news and that from the Chancellor of the University of Maine System has led MSO to cancel the Maine State Science Olympiad tournament previously scheduled for Saturday, April 4 on the campus of USM in Gorham.
 

RULE CLARIFICATIONS for PING PONG PARACHUTE:

COACHES,
You should CHECK the
rules clarification page
regularly. Two rule clarifications that have arisen at other state tournaments and will be used at our state tournament:
 
The rocket for PING PONG PARACHUTE must be from "plastic carbonated beverage bottle." This rule will be strictly enforced, non-carbonated bottles will be disqualified. Carbonated bottles are made to withstand pressures greater than those of non-carbonated bottles.
 
Rule 3.d states "No glues of any type may be used on the pressure vessel"? Glue is prohibited from coming into contact with the bottle because many types of glue react chemically with the plastic causing a weak point in the bottle, which is dangerous when pressurizing. Having a thin sheet of paper around the bottle and glueing the wings to the thin paper is a good solution and is allowed.

The rule for the "nose" of the rocket states it is to be blunt, but the meaning may be ambiguous since it does not say rounded. The best rule of thumb to use is whether the construction might be perceived as having the potential for causing damage either to the venue floor or ceiling or a person. Obviously, the determination will be subjective but erring toward caution is the best guide.

Remember: Determinations made by a Supervisor or Tournament Director are to be respected.

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