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.







Announcements

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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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.


State and National Tournaments Cancelled

MSO has an important update to share.  We just 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.”

 

The national organization realized that different parts of the country are experiencing the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation disproportionately, but in this instance, they felt that supporting each other and showing solidarity to those students who are affected is important. Health and safety come first.

 

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.

 

The National organization has announced that they are planning to replay the 2020 Rules for the 2021 season so students can retain and reuse their resources and devices.

 

At this moment this unprecedented news is what is most important to share. We will send more information as we have it.

 








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.


Maine State Tournament Event Schedule

Maine Science Olympiad 2020 Tournament Schedule

 

 

02/09/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Division C

 

 

 

 

Time Block

Events

1

8:45 – 9:35

Write It Do It

Experimental Design (B/C)

Fossils (B/C)

 

2

9:45 – 10:35

Chemistry Lab

Protein Modeling

Sounds of Music

 

3

10:45 – 11:35

Code Busters

Disease Detectives (B/C)

Sounds of Music

Ornithology (B/C) 

4

11:45 – 12:35

Machines (B/C)

Geologic Mapping

Forensics

Detector Building

Designer Genes

5

12:45 – 1:35

Machines (B/C)

Dynamic Planet (B/C)

Detector Building

 Astronomy

6

1:45 – 2:35

Anatomy and Physiology (B/C)

Circuit Lab (B/C)

Water Quality (B/C)

 

Self Scheduled events (Coaches sign up now on the Maine Science Olympiad website)

 

Boomilever - Time Blocks 1,2,3

Gravity Vehicle - Time Blocks 4,5,6

Machines - Time Blocks 4,5

Ping Pong Parachute - Time Blocks 1,2,3

Sounds of Music - Time Blocks 2,3

Wright Stuff - Time Blocks 4,5,6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Division B

 

 

 

 

Time Block

Events

1

8:45 – 9:35

 

Experimental Design (B/C)

Fossils (B/C) 

 

2

9:45 – 10:35

Heredity

Write it Do it

Density Lab

 

3

10:45 – 11:35

Meteorology

Disease Detectives (B/C)

Ornithology (B/C)  

 

4

11:45 – 12:35

Machines (B/C)

Food Science

Game On

 

5

12:45 – 1:35

Machines (B/C)

Dynamic Planet (B/C)

Crime Busters

 Road Scholar

6

1:45 – 2:35

Anatomy and Physiology (B/C)

Circuit Lab (B/C)

Water Quality (B/C)

Reach for the Stars

Self Scheduled events (Coaches sign up now on the Maine Science Olympiad website)

 


Boomilever - Time Blocks 1,2,3
Elastic Glider - Time Blocks 4,5,6
Machines - Time Blocks 4,5

 

 

 

Mission Possible - Time Blocks 2,3

 

 

 

Mousetrap Vehicle - Time Blocks 4,5,6

 

 

 

Ping Pong Parachute - Time Blocks 1,2,3

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


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