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The Cost of Science Olympiad

Postby sciencecat42 » January 13th, 2019, 8:22 pm

How much does your team spend on Science Olympiad per year? This could include transportation, registration, etc. but I'm mainly talking about the cost of supplies. Study events are usually free (besides the few cents it costs to print), but how much does your team spend on building events?

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Postby TheCowboyandhisArk » January 14th, 2019, 5:23 am

Probably way too much.
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Re: The Cost of Science Olympiad

Postby MattChina » January 14th, 2019, 1:15 pm

sciencecat42 wrote:How much does your team spend on Science Olympiad per year? This could include transportation, registration, etc. but I'm mainly talking about the cost of supplies. Study events are usually free (besides the few cents it costs to print), but how much does your team spend on building events?

On transportation and stuff?. A lot, because buses and hotels cost a lot. On build events its up to the person individually most of the time.
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Re: The Cost of Science Olympiad

Postby masterWIZ » January 14th, 2019, 1:56 pm

sciencecat42 wrote:How much does your team spend on Science Olympiad per year? This could include transportation, registration, etc. but I'm mainly talking about the cost of supplies. Study events are usually free (besides the few cents it costs to print), but how much does your team spend on building events?


For balsa events, I know that if you get it from Specialized Balsa and choose specific densities, it can easily be a few hundred dollars for each large wood order.

For Wright Stuff, it is $64 per kit from Freedom Flight. You will probably be getting multiple kits.

For other build events, supplies can add up to a few more hundred dollars.
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Re: The Cost of Science Olympiad

Postby TheChiScientist » January 14th, 2019, 2:07 pm

Our team alone pays about $2,000 total in just the activity fee which really only covers 20% off our costs. I'd say our grand total comes out too about ehh... $10,000-16,000. :o Good thing our district offers decent funding for STEM clubs...
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Re: The Cost of Science Olympiad

Postby JoeyC » January 14th, 2019, 4:45 pm

In our school, build costs are up to the event members. Man, I wonder why we do so bad in builds.
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Re: The Cost of Science Olympiad

Postby sciencecat42 » January 14th, 2019, 7:06 pm

JoeyC wrote:In our school, build costs are up to the event members. Man, I wonder why we do so bad in builds.


I feel ya. Our school only gives us $50 per event (for both teams so it's split between 4 people) and the rest is out of pocket. So basically if we want to do well we have to cough up more money out of our own pockets.

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Re: The Cost of Science Olympiad

Postby waffletree » January 15th, 2019, 6:21 pm

sciencecat42 wrote:
JoeyC wrote:In our school, build costs are up to the event members. Man, I wonder why we do so bad in builds.


I feel ya. Our school only gives us $50 per event (for both teams so it's split between 4 people) and the rest is out of pocket. So basically if we want to do well we have to cough up more money out of our own pockets.

for us, we have to pay for our first set of materials (so like i spent $50 on battery buggy) and once you show that you have potential, you can get reimbursed for any other materials, up to a reasonable price, of course.
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Re: The Cost of Science Olympiad

Postby CrayolaCrayon » January 15th, 2019, 6:24 pm

I can attest that the flying events are expensive if you're very involved in them.

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Re: The Cost of Science Olympiad

Postby MoMoney$$$;)0) » January 16th, 2019, 5:43 pm

Everything is pretty expensive, I would pretty much guess that a team that goes to states up to 7,000-8,000 dollars; but a team for national can go 15 grand per team and higher.

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Re: The Cost of Science Olympiad

Postby waffletree » January 16th, 2019, 6:25 pm

MoMoney$$$;)0) wrote:Everything is pretty expensive, I would pretty much guess that a team that goes to states up to 7,000-8,000 dollars; but a team for national can go 15 grand per team and higher.

well...i dont see how a team would spend more than 4000. if theres $300 for each of the 5 builds (thermo, battery buggy, boomi, ELG, mystery arch, roller coaster), thats $1800, and im pretty sure mystery arch doesn't take $300. If you spend 100 on each event that needs "stuff" and not just notes (Circuit, Crime, Density, ExpD, Potions, Road, Water quality, widi), thats $800. Then if the complete study events need $50 each (anatomy, disease, dynamic, fossils, heredity, herp, meteo, solar), which is $400, and i assume $50 isnt needed for each of those events. Game On shouldn't cost you anything. Then add $1000 miscellaneous
1800+800+400+1000=$4000.
Then materials can be used for next year, so i cant see how teams would need to spend $15000
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Re: The Cost of Science Olympiad

Postby UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F » January 16th, 2019, 6:54 pm

waffletree wrote:
MoMoney$$$;)0) wrote:Everything is pretty expensive, I would pretty much guess that a team that goes to states up to 7,000-8,000 dollars; but a team for national can go 15 grand per team and higher.

well...i dont see how a team would spend more than 4000. if theres $300 for each of the 5 builds (thermo, battery buggy, boomi, ELG, mystery arch, roller coaster), thats $1800, and im pretty sure mystery arch doesn't take $300. If you spend 100 on each event that needs "stuff" and not just notes (Circuit, Crime, Density, ExpD, Potions, Road, Water quality, widi), thats $800. Then if the complete study events need $50 each (anatomy, disease, dynamic, fossils, heredity, herp, meteo, solar), which is $400, and i assume $50 isnt needed for each of those events. Game On shouldn't cost you anything. Then add $1000 miscellaneous
1800+800+400+1000=$4000.
Then materials can be used for next year, so i cant see how teams would need to spend $15000
correct me if im wrong

Also, don't forget the cost of invitationals, buses, etc.

Although 15 grand doesn't seem resonable to me... what are you guys doing with all of that?

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Re: The Cost of Science Olympiad

Postby Anomaly » January 16th, 2019, 6:55 pm

last year, our middle school team spent collectively about 2500 dollars. note however, this is with self transportation and the one trip we spent a night in a hotel in was paid for individually by each family, so this isn't included in that
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Re: The Cost of Science Olympiad

Postby MadCow2357 » January 18th, 2019, 4:32 pm

I recall that going to nationals alone cost 16 grand. Obviously you have plane tickets, buses, food, stuff like that. It's not unheard of for a team to spend over $30,000 per year, especially if you fly across the country for invites like Troy and Solon.
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Re: The Cost of Science Olympiad

Postby waffletree » January 19th, 2019, 12:00 pm

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waffletree wrote:
MoMoney$$$;)0) wrote:Everything is pretty expensive, I would pretty much guess that a team that goes to states up to 7,000-8,000 dollars; but a team for national can go 15 grand per team and higher.

well...i dont see how a team would spend more than 4000. if theres $300 for each of the 5 builds (thermo, battery buggy, boomi, ELG, mystery arch, roller coaster), thats $1800, and im pretty sure mystery arch doesn't take $300. If you spend 100 on each event that needs "stuff" and not just notes (Circuit, Crime, Density, ExpD, Potions, Road, Water quality, widi), thats $800. Then if the complete study events need $50 each (anatomy, disease, dynamic, fossils, heredity, herp, meteo, solar), which is $400, and i assume $50 isnt needed for each of those events. Game On shouldn't cost you anything. Then add $1000 miscellaneous
1800+800+400+1000=$4000.
Then materials can be used for next year, so i cant see how teams would need to spend $15000
correct me if im wrong

Also, don't forget the cost of invitationals, buses, etc.

Although 15 grand doesn't seem resonable to me... what are you guys doing with all of that?

right. so add another $4000 though that stuff doesnt take that much. that's $8000...
i agree with utf
im pretty sure my team wouldnt even know what to do with 15000
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