Registration for RMS Science Club is now closed. Thank you for your support!

 

RMS PTSA Science Team provides students an opportunity to enhance their skills in science through practical projects, theoretical study and guides them to compete in a number of science competitions throughout the school year. Students can register for the competitions that interest them on a space-available basis (see selection criteria for space limited competitions below). Science competitions planned for this year are:

  1. Regional Science Bowl
  2. Washington State Science Olympiad
  3. You Be The Chemist (YBTC). 

The science team will take care of all the logistics with regards to registration and communicate this to the parents. The fee to join Science team for 2018-2019 is $50 per child and covers registration fees (If a student has any financial challenge in paying this fee , please email the chair person and the fee can be waived by PTSA ), wherever applicable. Competitions are held between December and May. Additional details will be provided during the info session that will be held in RMS Library during the 2nd week of September 2018).

As part of this program, parents are responsible for transporting their students to and from the competitions, purchasing any necessary supplies based on the student’s choice of events and are expected to volunteer as a coach/guide for their own child’s team.

Below is a schedule for 2018-2019 as we know now. Students who register for the Science team will receive emails with date and location updates during the yearPlease be sure to register with the family email that you check frequently.  

Regional Science Bowl: TBA in Portland, OR

Science Olympiad: TBA

  • https://www.soinc.org/
  • Multiple teams of up to 15 students from the school, sub-teams of 2 students can choose to participate from a list of 23 events covering physics, chemistry, life sciences and earth sciences.
  • Other possible Invitational/Practice Science Olympiad events are :

You Be The Chemist Date TBD. The first round will be held at RMS in 2nd or 3rd week of Feb. State challenge will likely be in early April 2019.

  • This is a competition where students participate as individuals and are tested on their knowledge of chemistry. The first round consists of a written test, the top 3-5 students (usually 10% of the total participants) from this test will move onto the Regional round in Fall City, WA. Materials will be available at http://www.chemed.org/programs/challenge/

 

Selection criteria for the space limited competitions is as follows:

For National Science Bowl (NSB)

Parent volunteers must conduct practice sessions for interested students. Students will be provided access to reference material and will be asked to read on the Science subject that they plan to represent. Participation in a competition like Science Bowl involves working together as a team, and a team's level of success is determined not just by scientific knowledge, but also by teamwork and gamesmanship. Keeping the format of Science Bowl in mind, following criterion should be considered for RMS team formation:

  • Student's expertise in a specific Science area (Life Science, Physical science, Energy and/or Earth Science) to make a team of specialists from skills perspective.
  • Student's commitment measured not only by attendance but by engagement in the practice sessions and improvement shown by the student during the practice sessions (from the time they joined these sessions to mid-November when RMS teams will be finalized)
  • Student’s ability to respond fast while competing with others in a buzzer format which is the format for Science bowl
  • Team spirit shown by the student. How flexible are they to take on extra topics where the team needs help? How did they help their teammates by sharing knowledge, explaining them the solution, etc.
  • Students participating in NSB are often thrown in situations where participants must deal with pressure under adverse situation and sustain. By evaluating students on the above criteria, we want to ensure that participants are well-prepared for this format of competition. Students are expected to be able to commit at least 6-8 hours per week for NSB preparation.
  • Team coach who is running the practice session will finalize the team based on the above criterion.

For Science Olympiad (SO)

There are 23 events per team in Science Olympiad (SO) and each team can have a maximum of 15 students. SO allows 2 kids to participate in each event, so it is advisable that students cover the events in pairs and not as individuals. Also, each team needs to cover all 23 events to maximize the potential score. This means that each pair of students needs to cover 3-4 events each in a team such that no event in the team remains open. A list of the events for the current year will be sent to the Science Team members and they will be asked to indicate the following:

  • Number of events that they want to participate in (a number between 3-5)
  • Name of the student that they are partnering with (this is can be different for different events but most students pair with one student for all events they participate in)
  • Name of the events that they are interested in.
  • 5 event choices in order of preference based on student’s interest.

 

Teams will be formed based on the choices of events indicated by the student pairs and the following criteria:

  • Among the 23 events, there are about 5/6 build events which are more time consuming and involve some additional costs for supplies. While selecting a team, an important criterion is to pick the student pair who is willing to do at least 1 building event along with the other theory/lab events.
  • Student pairs need to sign up for 3-4 events to equally contribute to the team.
  • Teams could have a mix of 6th, 7th and 8th graders so that younger students can learn from their seniors and work together as a part of the team
  • In case there are conflicts among students for an event, parent volunteers will work with the students to resolve the conflicts. They will explore if the student can either take up another similar event or be shifted to another team where the event is open
  • Since 6th graders have a bigger knowledge gap to cover, when possible, they will be given preference on easier topics such as Earth science topic events since it is a good step up from what they learned in 5th grade.
  • Students participating in SO learn self-discipline and need to study weekly on their topics throughout the year. Students are expected to commit 4 hours per week preparing for SO events.
  • The 2018-19 Science Committee will hold a science info night (date TBD) at which time the structure of team formation will be discussed in detail.  The intention is to send the best possible team to represent RMS at Regional and State levels and the committee might rearrange teams based on students’ performance at the invitationals.

Registration closes 30 September 2018. 

If your student joins school after September 2018 and wishes to participate, please contact the chairpersons Mandakini Bhatia (Bhatiamandakini@yahoo.com) or Swarnima Aswinkumar (Swarnima_d@yahoo.com).

 

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