They'll care if you win! Sad to say. And cookies. And "bring a friend." You'll be surprised how vicious peer pressure is; kids go into Honors and AP courses that they have no right to be in, just because they want classes with their friends... Why not hook 'em into SO?chia wrote: That's where I feel a lot of teams might struggle... science activities in general are overshadowed by virtually everything else, not just sports but even speech, debate, "business" clubs like DECA (that's big at our school at least) which show up consistently on the announcements and leave no room for anything else. I was thinking about how many kids are in all of the science teams at my school all together (without overlaps) and it comes out to around 50, which is a pretty abysmal turnout considering my school's population is almost 3000. Of course advertising helps a lot as does actually doing well, as has been stressed by most of the above posts, but it's so hard to get out of the vicious cycle of nobody caring... [/pessimism, whoops]
And the admins only care because it makes the school look great to the school board and other things like that. We've had to bring in our Sounds of Music instruments to board meetings, in the past.
We're a little over 3K here, but our population is mostly super achieving Asians (Milpitas is mostly Viet, I think? At least it seems so). So we're lucky to have had a lot of our swim captains, badminton varsity members, track stars, NHS/CSF presidents, and DECA presidents (or combinations of all of those) also be super nerds. We also don't have too many science clubs on campus; there's SciOly, Science Bowl, and just this year Science Club. Science Bowl is under our SciOly's jurisdiction, as we actually have an officer position for starting it each year, and then Science Club was started by one of our members, and most of the people in the club are also Science Olympians. x)