Division A Occidental Events Schedule Now Posted

The Preliminary Schedule of Events for Division A at Occidental has been posted to aid in planning for the competitions at the Occidental College Science Olympiad venues=. NOTE: It possible that this event schedule will change. This schedule may change depending on room availability, equipment or materials needs, or other conditions. 

Schedules are now available for:

Schedules for other divisions and venues are being confirmed and will posted shortly.

SoCal Science Olympiad Financial Assistance Fund

The Southern California Science Olympiad recently announced the creation of the SoCal Science Olympiad Financial Assistance Fund to support SoCal teams.

Their announcement from their Web site states, "In alignment with the National Science Olympiad's initiatives, the Southern California Science Olympiad has allocated funds to support Southern California schools in financial needs to participate in Science Olympiad. We hope that this new initiative will allow new teams and teams in financial need to avail themselves of this support option."

Visit the SoCal Science Olympiad Web site for details and an application: https://t.co/YDCCEhnpUp

Some Preliminary Schedules Have Been Posted

Preliminary Schedules of Events have been posted to aid in planning for the competitions at various Science Olympiad venues. NOTE: It possible that this event schedule will change. This schedule may change depending on room availability, equipment or materials needs, or other conditions. 

Schedules are available for:

Schedules for other divisions and venues are being confirmed and will posted shortly.

 

Request for Rules/Event Clarification Now Available for All Divisions

Submit a Request for Rules Clarification to ask questions about a specific section and paragraph in an event rule that might be unclear. Only specific, clarifying questions will receive replies. Replies will be posted if they are not a repetition of what is already stated in the rules. Replies to requests for rules clarifications are posted in the **Rules/Updates** section of this Web site.  

Examples of questions that will not receive a reply: what materials to use, how to build a device, does my device comply with the rules, what will be covered on a test, can I borrow your goggles, or questions about how to coach an event.

Requests for Rules Clarification

Applications Open for $40,000 Edison Scholars STEM Scholarships

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Edison Scholars recognizes students that want to be makers of tomorrow – the dreamers, inventors, guardians and pioneers – those who dare to be great.

Each year, we award $40,000 scholarships to 30 high school seniors that want to make a difference in the world by studying science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) in college.

From preventing the rise of ocean levels to increasing access to solar power in underserved communities, real issues need bright ideas to create change. This is a chance for students to stand up, advance their education, and be part of the solution.

Help spread the word with members of your organizations that applications are open. Tweet it, post on Facebook, text it, email it, or print it in your newsletter – whatever works best. Download a printable flyer and video to share, and be sure to follow us on Twitter@SCE_Community and Facebook @Southern California Edison to get the latest info. Learn more at edisonscholars.com.

Application period: Oct. 2 – Dec. 1, 2017

Applicant requirements:

  • Students must live in Southern California Edison’s service territory.
  • Must be a high school senior with at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Plan to pursue studies in the STEM fields at a four-year accredited college or university, and show financial need.
  • Specific college majors include: computer and information systems, engineering, engineering technology, management information systems, mathematics, natural resources and conservation, or physical sciences.

Thank you,

Edison’s Corporate Philanthropy Team

Coaches Update for Food Webs ... Owl Pellets

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The first submission milestone for the Food Webs...Owl Pellets event is Friday, December 8, 2017. Students should have dissected a few owl pellets by that time and selected 5 owl pellets to report on. Although any member of the Science Olympiad team may collaborate on this event, only one submission will be accepted from each team. Students are encouraged to work together, discuss their observations and ideas, and prepare the online submission.

In order to help your students prepare their responses, here are questions that they can expect to encounter when they go online to submit their initial observations. You may share this information with the students.

Section One: Team information

After entering your school and team information, several sections will include these opportunities to share your observations.

Section Two: Owl Pellet Observations

In this section, you will be asked to describe the owl pellet, show that you have carefully dissected an owl pellet, and identify a few common bones.

  • Describe the overall appearance and size of the owl pellets.
  • Take a photo of the bones found in one owl pellet. Email one photo to sciolyowlpellets@gmail.com  Remember: Include your team number with the photo.
  • Identifying common bones in owl pellets: what is this bone? (There will be several bones to identify)

Section Three: Owl Feeding Habits: number of prey

For each of five owl pellets, you will be asked to respond to the following questions.

  • Owl Pellet #1: How many prey did you find in this pellet?
  • Owl Pellet #1: How do you know? Describe the evidence you have for your answer.

Section Four: Owl Feeding Habits: prey species

In this section, you will be asked to identify the type and number prey species you found in five owl pellets and what patterns you notice in your observations. For example:

  • Vole - In all five owl pellets, how many meadow voles did you find?
  • What do you notice about what the owls are eating?

Section Five: Owl Food Web/Habitat

In this section, you will be asked to describe a habitat that would support a food web that includes and owl and the prey species you have observed.

  • Think about a food web that includes an owl and the prey species you have identified.
  • Describe a habitat that would include this food web.