I'm not entirely qualified to say anything here, but I've been to Nationals, and last year I won a medal in Chem Lab. All the studying that I did for my AP Chem test? That much less that I need to review for SO. Studying reactions, etc. for SO? There was a section on the AP test that that knowledge was very useful for.
So, I've learned plenty from doing SO. I still wouldn't trade my trip to Nationals for anything, because I got closer to my team members, met some cool people, and just had a blast. Would I miss AP tests for it? Absolutely. Like people have said, there are make-up dates.
Science Olympiad Brochure wrote:Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing male, female and minority interest in science, creating a technologically-literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers. These goals are achieved by participating in Science Olympiad tournaments and non-competitive events, incorporating Science Olympiad into classroom curriculum and attending teacher training institutes.
The goal of SO is education. Competitions and such are only the means of achieving that, not the ends. You are not a loser if you didn't medal or make States or Nationals: if you have obtained knowledge and skill in Science, then you have won anyway.
I agree with the sentiment, but competition is a way of testing just how much you know about a subject. Plus, people go to competitions for the same reason that they play sports. They enjoy doing well, and competing against other people, (and the recognition for doing well isn't bad either.) It's kind of like the real Olympics. People will go just for the experience, even if they don't make it to the finals of their event. It's why people are willing to stand for 5 hours just so they can march in the opening ceremony. The athletes involved may miss out on tournaments where they could make money 9in this analogy, representing AP testing), but they choose to go to the Olympics.
I'm not sure exactly which side I'm arguing against. I'm not even sure if any of this was helpful. I just felt like getting my thoughts out there.
Pueri stupidi sunt. Eos lapidate.