As a scioly kid, of course I would say that it's worth it.Unome wrote:hey we should resurrect this thread
- Scioly helps you develop valuable and lasting relationships with your teammates
- Scioly really develops your teamwork skills
- Scioly lets you learn in a new way and increases scientific literacy
- Scioly encourages you to think about what you do and come up with new ideas that aren't necessarily conventional. Scioly also improves critical thinking skills.
However, I know a lot of my teammates decided to quit scioly for other reasons. For many other reasons, scioly isn't worth it to some kids.
Scioly is a HUGE time commitment, especially if you work hard and want to do well. Even if your team doesn't meet a lot, you still have to put in a tremendous amount of time into it. A lot of my teammates were really caught up in other extracurriculars, school stuff, and athletics, so they didn't have enough time to work on scioly. As a result, they didn't do well, and lost their motivation. They decided to stop doing scioly and work on other things that they would be more successful in.
This is completely understandable. I stopped doing math olympiad when I got into high school because I just wasn't very good at it, and I wasn't willing to spend a lot of time on something I wasn't good at. Of course, that's a paradox and I probably would have been better at math olympiad if I worked harder, but that's also where motivation and priorities come into play. I wasn't motivated to work on it, and I didn't do well in it, so it sorta created a negative feedback loop which ended up in me quitting math olympiad.
This may be a fault in our team's structure, but how a person does towards the beginning of the season can decide their fate for the whole year. For us, we had check-ins where the captains would make sure you were working on your events. Some kids lacked a stimulus to work in the beginning of the year. Instead of being encouraged to work harder, they were just taken off of their events. This resulted in them being more or less forgotten, and those students ended up not going to competitions for the entire year, and none of them are going to do scioly next year.
For some schools, an unsuccessful team may also be a factor in kids deciding not to do scioly. For example, my school has a very successful robotics team. They go to the robotics equivalent of nats every year. However, our scioly team is not as good. In scioly, we do pretty well too, but not as well as the robotics team. For the last 5 years, we were consitently in the top 6 at states. For scioly standards, I would consider this to be very good given our situation. However, take a moment to step into the shoes of someone not in either team. Which looks better, a robotics team that goes to nationals, or a scioly team that only got 6th place in new jersey? Even though this is comparing apples and oranges, the robotics team looks much more appealing than the scioly team at our school. The interest for these two teams reflects this too. Many more kids are interested in doing robotics than scioly at our school.
But, by all means, If you're given a chance to do scioly, go for it, and decide for yourself. I think there can't be a blanket statement to this question, since everyone's situation is different. However, the only thing is that you should at least try it before you decide not to do it.