hpfananu wrote:cupcakegirl wrote:sofan wrote:Hey everyone,
First of all congrats to Beckendorff on the huge win!!! Good Job!
Ok, I'm not sure if you remember me but I was competing in Science Olympiad last year for West Briar. I transferred to another school this year and they are going to for a scioly team for next year. My science teacher was recruiting and I was so excited! Scioly is my life! He gave a brief description of what scioly is like and he made it sound like a game show. I'm wondering, last year as a 6th grader I didn't have the pressure of leading the team cuz well, I was only a 6th grader! But this year, it looks like I'm the only one with experience so I might have to lead. D:
So here's my question: what are some tips and things that we can do to at least be somewhat competitive? I'm not talking like first at state but at least make it to state. Thx for your help!
I don't think there will ever be a perfect formula for a winning team, and I can't really speak to what is necessary to start a successful team since I joined an established, winning team, but I can say there are definitely some things you can do as a leader on a team. Whether it's leading by example and having younger kids look up to you, or giving motivational speeches after a particularly devastating loss, a student can truly change the course of a year. If you're starting a new program, the best thing you can probably do is get some talented, dedicated students. If you practice enough, any group of hard working students will find success in Science Olympiad as long as you have the right mindset and enough motivation. Getting an awesome coach is also useful, of course, and it's always good to attend as many Invitationals as possible, even if you lose. I wish you luck next year!
Having come from two very established and winning teams to a school without an established team, I think the biggest thing you need to do is get a team motivated, as cupcakegirl said. At the really good schools, they have motivation, drive, and internal competition. You need to establish that and it's very difficult at first because SciOly will lose out compared to the more established activities. If you show them what they can get out of SciOly, you'll give them a reason to do it. You also need to point people in the right direction. A lot of people will be confused, but too afraid to reach out to you and ask for help. Give them some sort of guide (if you think you know the event well enough) or at least be available to talk it out with them. Good luck!
thx for the tips! My teacher already found a group of students that are interested. Now that recruiting is done, we should be able to do well! good luck to you too!