Help me give my students some of the tools to prepare them in their events before the Science Olympiad competition. This is our first year so we don't have any protective equipment yet or materials for 23 events.
As a teacher in a low-income school district, my students are faced with many challenges inside and outside of the classroom. Despite the many challenges they face in their lives, the students always enter my classroom eager to learn. My students yearn for creative inquiry-based lessons in the math classroom that allow them to get involved in deeper learning.
Because of this, some of my students last year encouraged me to start a Science Olympiad Club for them.
They knew I had experience with judging and coaching events for Science Olympiad in another district. I have since started the club. This year is the first year this club is being offered in my district. It is open to 7th-9th grade students and includes 23 STEM events. Some of the events are lab based, some are building/engineering based, and some are content based. There is a competition that students will compete in as well. Sign ups are still coming in but so far half of my students are female, and half are male. All are excited to learn!
This year I have been given the opportunity to start a Science Olympiad Club for 7th-9th grade students in my community! National Science Olympiad is a non-profit organization focused on encouraging learning for students in 23 different STEM events. The events are either lab based, engineering and building based, or content based.
My students are excited to start solving crimes using the Forensics Kit, creating games using coding through Scratch, building roller coasters, building and modifying elastic launch gliders (using the Whitewings Classroom Pack), learning and designing circuits (using the Snap Circuit Snapino), and much more.
This is an incredible opportunity that my 8th grade students last year were excited for me to start this year. There are 23 events to prepare for, which means we need a lot of materials. Because it is the first year of this club, there isn't any funding in place. Every little bit of help I can get for cost of materials, competition fees, and transportation costs helps develop and foster a love of learning. The state competition costs money, as does transportation to it. Teaching in an inner-city district means some of my families do not own vehicles for transportation so I am looking into ways to fund this. Thank you so much for your time and consideration!
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