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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby gh » April 5th, 2009, 4:33 pm

Are there any powerhouse teams (like the great teams in competitive states) that don't have classes?

If you have classes, what does your team do for building events during the class time?
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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby dontsenditinthemail » April 5th, 2009, 5:51 pm

The people from schools that I have talked to from the competative states (like OH, PA, NY) have all actually said that they don't have classes. In all reality, if teams have a bunch of coaches (which I bet most of the good ones do), the need for a class isn't really present anyway.

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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby sk8lynne » April 5th, 2009, 5:54 pm

Gelinas doesn't have classes
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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby Phenylethylamine » April 5th, 2009, 6:34 pm

Yeah, at Gelinas, we just meet pretty much every day after school. There's nothing during the school day (although the teams at our Regionals- with their conspiracy theories about us- always think that we just work on SciO instead of going to class).
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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby sweetcoop » April 5th, 2009, 6:46 pm

gh wrote:Are there any powerhouse teams (like the great teams in competitive states) that don't have classes?

If you have classes, what does your team do for building events during the class time?


Sweet to answer what my team does for building events, oh btw here at BVHS we have a class and i sucs, those in the events will build in the shops building but do most of their testing in the classroom, i mean it for SCIENCE olympiad we should at least be able to use a science lab not a Lang arts class room, any way most stuff for building events is built at the school or at least made better at the school. So a Sci O class is a waste of time considering there are people that take the class just cause they think it will be an easy A. Well that was last year this year is better cause the peeps that dont care are alternates
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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby fmtiger124 » April 6th, 2009, 3:07 am

F-M doesn't have classes
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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby htmlfreak » April 6th, 2009, 4:09 am

Neither does W-M. But I do believe Goff middle school, and perhaps Columbia High School maybe since they're their high school have classes during school hours?
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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby rocketman1555 » May 4th, 2009, 6:31 pm

i'm being an aide for one of the coaches next year so that i have an hour or so each day to work on SO stuff, its my own private SO class
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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby packer-backer91 » May 5th, 2009, 5:03 pm

I will be taking a SO class next year [I will be a Senior and thought that I should have one fun class my last year] I dont know how many others from my team will do it. I believe its a good thing to do as well if you can do it, I talked with my coach/teacher about when I would be starting the class [would be late October so I would be well prepared to compete]
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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby gyourkoshaven » May 5th, 2009, 6:35 pm

dontsenditinthemail wrote:The people from schools that I have talked to from the competative states (like OH, PA, NY) have all actually said that they don't have classes. In all reality, if teams have a bunch of coaches (which I bet most of the good ones do), the need for a class isn't really present anyway.


My school doesn't have these, but how exactly does grading work? As much as I think of scioly as an extracurricular, I think a class could really help my team.
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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby RightorRong » May 30th, 2009, 12:00 pm

Wouldn't charter schools have Science Olympiad classes?

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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby rocketman1555 » June 14th, 2009, 5:49 pm

gyourkoshaven wrote:
dontsenditinthemail wrote:The people from schools that I have talked to from the competative states (like OH, PA, NY) have all actually said that they don't have classes. In all reality, if teams have a bunch of coaches (which I bet most of the good ones do), the need for a class isn't really present anyway.


My school doesn't have these, but how exactly does grading work? As much as I think of scioly as an extracurricular, I think a class could really help my team.


they could just do completion grades based on how much/well you are working. And they could give you a test over the event for a test grade, or have competitions count as grades
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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby andrewwski » June 14th, 2009, 7:25 pm

As far as I know, they may not be "classes" in terms of getting credit or grades, but rather periods where all teammates can get together and work on stuff, but instead of on your own time, during the school day.
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Re: Science Olympiad Classes

Postby gh » June 14th, 2009, 8:04 pm

Well, my school has a really successful Math Team class. The class is mostly practice, but there is some teaching. Some of the smaller, less rigorous meets are held during class time. The grade is pass/fail, if I recall correctly, and is based on attendance. The school also requires us to try going through the AMC/AIME/USAMO sequence if we're signed up for any of a certain set of math classes.

Essentially, the Math Team system here is a machine, but not so much that its members become soul-less automatons; more than half the freshman class here is a part of it (don't quote me), but participation in it through all four years requires the same sort of dedication and fervor (especially outside of the Math Team class) that good SO kids need to have to succeed.

Basically, I think a class for an extracurricular competition can work without having the members be unenthusiastic and forced because they're taking the class for credit or for show. The trick is to just not give credit or grades for the class, IMO.
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