Greetings from The University of Pikeville,
The Science Olympiad is an
international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of
science education, increasing student interest in science and providing
recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both
students and teachers. The Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous
academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of team
events, which students prepare for during the year. These challenging and
motivational events are well balanced between the various science
disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and technology.
There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science
concepts, process skills and science applications. Science Olympiad
highlights many of the elements of the Teaching Standards, Assessment
Standards, Program Standards and Science Education System Standards.
Teams are hosted by the school
from which the students attend. A teacher, parent or student, usually a
volunteer, coordinates the team in practice and preparation for the
competition; generally for several months ahead of the scheduled
competition date. Often there are others who coach individual events as
well. A team can consist of up to 15 students from a participating school;
additionally, more than one team from a school is permitted to register if
space at the regional competition permits. In the middle school level, only
5 ninth graders are allowed to compete on one team. Homeschool groups may
also form teams to compete. A lot of
strategy usually goes into the forming of a team. Since 4 - 5 events go on
at the same time as other events during a competition, the coach or
coordinator must make decisions based on each competitor's specialty and
ability in order to correctly place them throughout the day.
Since the 2006-2007 competition
year, the Pikeville Regional Science Olympiad has been hosted by The
University of Pikeville. This year’s competition is scheduled for Saturday,
March 3, 2018 on the campus of The University of Pikeville, Pikeville,
There are twenty-three events in
which competitors face off on a single day. Events fall under three main categories:
Science Concepts and Knowledge, Science Processes and Thinking Skills, and
Science Application and Technology. They are either knowledge-based (i.e.
written tests on earth science, physics, astronomy, biology, and
chemistry), hands-on (i.e participants perform
various lab experiments), or engineering-based (i.e. participants construct
a device to do specified tasks). Knowledge-based events generally have two
participants either taking a test or mathematically analyzing data.
We encourage former
participating schools to register for this year's event and any school that
has not yet participated to consider doing so. Traditionally, many
teams from Pike, Floyd, Johnson, and Morgan counties have participated in
the event. This is a wonderful educational opportunity to build
teamwork and critical thinking skills for students in grades 6-9 (Middle
School - Division B) and grades 9-12 (High School – Division C).
Teams may include up to 15
students; each team of 15 students must be assigned a different
coach. There are 23 events scheduled in each division. These
events generally fall into one of the following five categories: Biology,
Chemistry, Earth Science, Engineering, and Physics. The University of Pikeville intends to
run each of the 23 events listed in each of the Division B and Division C
Additional information on the
Olympiad and the benefits your students may be found at the National
Science Olympiad’s website: http://www.soinc.org/. Qualifying teams
will be eligible to compete in the 2018 Kentucky State Science Olympiad to
be hosted at Western Kentucky University (http://www.wku.edu/scienceolympiad/)
and may have an opportunity to move on the 2018 National Science Olympiad.
We look forward to hearing from
you soon and hosting your teams at the 2017-2018 Kentucky Regional Olympiad
at The University of Pikeville!
Dr. Robert Arts,