Visit soinc.org/tournaments to read about the several models of learning Science Olympiad is employing to continue the learning while keeping students safe.Science Olympiad, Inc. wrote:We’ve had discussions with many of you about what it means to be part of the Science Olympiad Community over these past few months. We’ve heard stories of frank conversations with teachers who are stressed by distance learning; students who have missed their activities and friends and are struggling with mental health; campus hosts who seem to be getting a new story from their state, governor or administration on a daily basis. The bottom line is that even if school is in session, or if campuses can host us, many teams, teachers and students may just not have the ability or willingness to compete in Science Olympiad next season. Some have said, well, we might just need to go dark. We’re asking you to think differently – to use your incredible network to stay engaged.
If Competitions aren’t possible, you can still focus on 3C’s which are hallmarks of our program – Citizenship and Character in the Community. Keep in contact with your coaches; elevate the accomplishments of students who are doing amazing things. Since March, we have seen the most amazing stories of giving and compassion – students making 3D printed face shields for medical workers and face coverings for the elderly; teams setting up STEM tutoring sessions and summer camps and giving all the fees to local food pantries; a student newspaper informing the community on COVID-19 with public health stories written by Science Olympiad team members; coaches hosting Zoom sessions to celebrate the end of the Science Olympiad season and give out awards. This concept can be extended to a Science Olympiad region or chapter.
For any of the alternative models, traditional ways to celebrate Science Olympiad achievement can be used, creatively! In-person ceremonies can be replaced with livestreams or posts; medals and trophies can still be awarded/sent/picked up. We are looking forward to keeping everyone engaged and inspired!
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