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Science Olympiad Classes

Postby gh » February 11th, 2009, 6:11 pm

Just wondering, who here has Science Olympiad classes in school?

The idea got floated around for my school when I was a freshman and sophomore, but it never happened because we're student-taught (no coaches, just faculty for paperwork and such) and everyone was really opposed to integrating it into the classroom.

  • If you have classes, what are your thoughts on it? What do you do with building events? How much student participation and leadership do you think is involved compared to a school without classes?
  • If you don't have classes, do you wish that you did? What sort of advantages/disadvantages would it have and how do you think it would affect your team?
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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby croman74 » February 11th, 2009, 7:12 pm

I don't have classes. I don't think I would want it because it would just take up one hour in my class schedule. I prefer it as an extracurricular activity.
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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby andrewwski » February 11th, 2009, 7:15 pm

Don't have classes. Wish we did. It would be tough to fit in everyone's schedule (mine included), but it would help immensely to have the time available every day. The teams that consistently do well around here seem to have classes.

It's really a challenge to get some people to put the effort in after school. Plus it's hard to get everyone together at once. No doubt we'd be a much better team if we had it as a class.

But there's absolutely zero chance of it happening.
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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby sciolykid101 » February 11th, 2009, 7:26 pm

I don't have Science Olympiad Classes. Some schools do however.
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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby Pleiades » February 11th, 2009, 7:31 pm

Well first of all, my high school doesnt even have science olympiad so we wouldnt have a science olympiad class. If we did though, i dont think i would take it. We ONLY have 6 blocks to schedule classes in so you can take the 5 major subjects plus an elective, additional honors, or AP class. If we had more blocks like say 7 or 8 then i would definitely take it.

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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby Sheogorath » February 11th, 2009, 8:01 pm

We don't have classes, but I do believe that FM does.
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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby dontsenditinthemail » February 11th, 2009, 9:29 pm

I don't know of any school that has classes, but people often ask if our's does (we don't, obviously). Classes would be so stupid, as taking AP Biology probably helps in bio events more than a class covering all 23 events, no? Also, taking a class might help in the short run, but the people who win State and Nationals are the people who understand the material so well they don't need coaching or classes.

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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby dudeincolorado » February 11th, 2009, 10:55 pm

I was in a class last year for SO and let me say, it help SO MUCH! Yes, you do need to understand the material, but for other events, such as WIDI or Science Word getting together is key. I don't know about everyone else, but all my partners do at least 3 extra curricular activities besides SO. This lead to practice times such as "every second Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 unless it conflicts with honor orchestra because if you miss a rehearsal you were cut". The class gave me time just to work on my events with my partners and not have to worry about my schedule or anyone else's. It was like a little island of SO we had everyday, where we could just go away and work on SO.
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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby Flavorflav » February 12th, 2009, 2:19 am

A lot of schools have Research classes, and some do S.O. in research. We don't, but we might someday ...

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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby robotman » February 12th, 2009, 5:03 am

iwish we had a SO class

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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby rocketman1555 » February 12th, 2009, 5:36 am

my school doesn't, and will probably never have an official one, but the coaches are trying to start another science class that they will turn into a science olympiad class
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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby carneyf1d » February 12th, 2009, 7:20 am

our school played around with the idea of having a class. we decided however that most people had full schedules already, and the number of people who would join were too small. It's a good idea, although most scioly topics are covered in classes you already take.

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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby dontsenditinthemail » February 12th, 2009, 9:52 am

A science olympiad class is the death of science olympiad.

Science olympiad is about learning the art of learning. Yes, it means researching on your own, learning material from books, and exploring sites put together by organizations like NASA. There is nobody to teach the frontier of science. We define it. We will one day be the people to run the scientific communities, and that means that we need to be able to learn on our own, without the guidance that a teacher provides. Plus, how is competition fair if some schools can afford to pay teachers to teach a scioly class while others cannot?

Don't get me wrong, classes in general (bio, chem, physics, etc) are awesome for science and specifically scioly because they teach concepts but they don't teach to a test, or one simple event that really only ecompasses about .000000000015 of a field (aka, cell bio = .0000000000015 of real microbiology or cellular biology).

Finally, my team has one coach, no classes, and we have been able to do fine in the past, so it is definitely possible to do really really well while staying away from classes.

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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby robotman » February 12th, 2009, 10:35 am

you sound like a recruiter :lol:

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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby EastStroudsburg13 » February 12th, 2009, 12:27 pm

We don't have a class. I think that Science O is better meant as an after school activity, as it doesn't fit into a curriculum. I feel this same way for any club/team.
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