November 17, 2015
Have you heard of Science Olympiad? Not many people have, Science Olympiad can sound strange to many non science savvy students, but it’s actually a very simple concept, the best way to visualize Science Olympiad would be to think of a sport and a club combined. Quarter two has begun and the Science Olympiad team is warming up for the upcoming Iolani invitational tournament that will take place during the beginning of December.
During the latest meeting members chose the event they wanted to participate in. The team was then split into two groups Red and White, the Red team was the team’s main driving force made up of mostly returning members, while the White team plays a more relaxed role hosting a majority of new members. Event activities vary, some events will require members to build a device in advance to be tested during the event, others require members to complete experiments with a binder full of notes. Events can range from fast paced timed experiments to a period of longer more intense tests.
Also during the meeting upcoming tournaments were announced, the Iolani invitational is an optional tournament, but the team decided on attending to gain some experience before they attend the University of Hawaii regional tournament which is set to take place on Saturday, February 13 2016. During the tournaments a variety of events will be held, the team will split into their event groups and each group will take part in separate activities that will test their knowledge on a subject. Even though the tournaments are coming up, the team doesn’t feel pressured, members are allowed to build up their knowledge at their own pace, they aren’t rushed to cram by any of the advisors and even with the tournament deadline there is very little rush as preparing started very far back in advance.
Co-captain Amy Liu, who has been with the team for 4 years has answered a few questions we had about Science Olympiad for us. Amy will be taking part in Human Anatomy, Physiology and Chem Lab events this year. When asked about the progress being made she stated “I’ve learned the material before, so I just need to review a bit before the tournament and I should be fine.” and when asked about if preparing for the events is difficult she stated “No, as long as you know your material third place is at least possible.” Finally when asked if she enjoyed leading the team she stated “Yes, it is enjoyable to work with the underclassmen.”
Over the past quarter the Science Olympiad team has really been working diligently in preparing for their events, and it shows. From the proud members to their capable and hardworking advisors, everyone seems to be doing their part in preparing for their events.