Gulf Coast Regional Science Olympiad

Lone Star College-CyFair will host the Regional Science Olympiad on Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 here on our campus at 9191 Barker Cypress Road.

Science Olympiad is an international non-profit organization working to improve the quality of science education; increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and provide recognition of outstanding achievement for students and teachers.

Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic competitions balanced between the various science and engineering disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers, and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of facts, concepts, processes, skills, and science applications. But beyond the technical knowledge needed to participate in Science Olympiad, participants also work in teams and must learn important life skills such as team work, cooperation and creative problem solving.

Texas Science Olympiad

Please check this website for registration and other rules: http://outreach.science.tamu.edu/scienceolympiad.php

The Texas Science Olympiad (TSO) tournament is a rigorous academic interscholastic competition that consists of a series of individual and team events which students (grades 6-12) prepare for during the year. The competitions follow the format of popular board games, TV shows, and athletic games. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science and engineering disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers, and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of facts, concepts, processes, skills, and science applications.

Regional Science Olympiad Guidelines

Regional Tournaments in Texas, including the Regional Science Olympiad at LSC-CyFair, are qualifying tournaments for teams to advance to State competition. Guidelines for the regional competitions are as follows (from the Texas Science Olympiad)

  • Each regional will host both a B and C division competition.
  • These will be 'open boundary' regionals, so a team may select any of the regionals that are offered.
  • Each team must attend one regional to be considered for advancement to the State competition – they may only attend one regional.
  • Practice tournaments (Invitationals) will be encouraged at high school and middle school sites. Invitationals can be at any time, but some Fall competitions will be encouraged. Each team MUST be a paid member of the Texas Science Olympiad to compete at a practice/invitational tournament.
  • Registration fee is $220 PER TEAM. This $220 PER TEAM fee will pay for:
    • Entry of ONE 15 member team into ONE regional competition
    • Invitational, State, and National affiliation fees for ONE team
    • One Rules Manual for your teams' division
    • Teams MUST participate in a regional competition FIRST to qualify for State.
  • Regional competitions are limited to TWO teams per school. Additional teams may be requested after the close of registration if space is available and upon Regional and State Director approval. The registration fee for EACH TEAM is $220.
  • All teams from the same school must compete at the same regional. All teams from the same school will also compete at the same time period for each event (all have odd or all have even team numbers if teams assigned to odd/even time periods).

Coaches Resources

  • Coaches clinic is set for October 4, 2014 at Texas A&M campus, in College Station, TX

Ethics Statement

Student participants are expected to compete in tournament events with an honest effort to follow the rules and the spirit of that competition. The goal of competition is to give one's best effort while displaying honesty, integrity and sportsmanship. Students, coaches, parents and guests are expected to display courtesy and respect toward Olympiad officials, other teams, and guests of the Olympiad. Failure to show honesty and/or courtesy by a participant, coach, parent, or guest of the team may result in the disqualification of the team from that event, the entire tournament or future tournaments.

Judging Support

Educational Outreach and Women's Programs realizes that in any competition, differences of opinion about the judges interpretations may occur. It is the policy of the Outreach Programs to support the interpretations and final decisions of the judges panel.

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