haverstall wrote:By my count, there has been a sharp decrease in the number of teams that are actually competing (I think it's around 40-something, according to regional scoresheets.) This decline is somewhat alarming, considering that just 2 years ago, we were able to send two teams to Nationals. But while we're declining, states like Wisconsin and Washington are expanding past us in terms of number of teams and what not.
According to my count, 68 Division C teams competed in Minnesota this year (22 at Bethel + 19 at Inver Hills + 18 at Rochester + 9 at Moorhead), which is up by 2 teams from the 66 we had last year. (Did you perhaps forget to count the JV teams?)
Anyway, one way that I think Minnesota should seek to expand is by cold-calling (or cold-emailing, as it may be) science teachers at large schools that currently do not participate in Science Olympiad, asking them whether they'd be interested in starting a team at their school. A lot of strong metro-area schools don't participate in Science Olympiad, so these would be prime candidates for expansion. It's possible that the reason is simply that science teachers at these schools have not yet heard of the awesomeness that is Science Olympiad.