Thursday, October 1, 2015

And so it begins....

...a new season of Science Olympiad.  Since I didn't learn my lesson last year; I now have 4 kids competing (and 12 events between them).  I'm also helping to lead an elementary level non-competitive team.  Yikes!  What was I thinking?  Well, anyways, here goes.

At this meeting the very youngest (that really are not involved) played with pasta and marshmallows to build towers, or anything else they came up with.

The youngest participants were practicing their observation skills by trying to copy a gumdrop tower that had been built earlier.  They had to pay attention to colors and direction the gum drops were pointing in order to make an exact copy.  After that they just had fun building.

The middle level guys gave directions orally to their partner in order to help their partner perfectly replicate the structure they had built.

The upper level had to write out the instructions for another team to replicate the structure they had.  This is harder than it sounds, but they did a great job and their structures came close to matching the originals.

While building gum drop towers may not sound very scientific this exercise was building the very earliest understanding of computer programing.  It also showed them the importance of paying attention to details and accurate communication.

During this time Miss E was meeting with her Anatomy partner for a study session and Mr. R was helping with this activity since he'd done this event last year.

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