San Diego County
Welcome to the 2015 San Diego Regional Competition!
Check this website occasionally as information for the 2015 competition becomes available.
Registration & Insurance Forms (required) are on the Register page.
Here is the 2014-2015 Science Olympiad Schedule.
Here are the Proposed 2015 Science Olympiad Events.
To be posted Details about Science Olympiad Team and Grade Requirements are available for your review.
Science Olympiad is a nationally organized competition in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. There are competitions at national, state and regional levels.
This is the official web site for the Regional Competition for San Diego County, California. There are 23 events in each of two divisions:
The event descriptions tell you how many students will do each event. “Up to Two” means that one student from a team may do an event alone OR two students from the same team may work together on the event.Write It, Do It B & C REQUIRES two students.
Picture This B REQUIRES three students.
Students must stay on their teams – they can not compete in one event on team A and then compete in another event on team B.
Engineering events – A student who did not build the device may help one who did build the device to run it at the Competition. However, this year the teams will be asked questions about the building and running of their devices, so the student who did build the device will need to make that clear.
Each middle school, junior high school and high school may send up to six teams. Because Division A does not take place in San Diego County, a few elementary schools participate. Elementary schools are allowed to have two teams/school.
Some events are lab testing events (Chemistry Lab C, Crime Busters B List subject to change), some are written tests (Disease Detectives B & C, Meteorology B List subject to change), and some emphasize the building and testing of devices that must meet specific criteria and perform specific tasks. Team trophies are given to the top ten schools in each division and individual awards are given to 20th place in each event.
Additional information can be found at the national web site www.soinc.org.
Details about the Southern California State Science Olympiad to be held on April 4, 2015 can be found at www.socalstatescioly.org.
Note: Absolutely do NOT contact Event Captains directly. If people were allowed to contact the event captains, the Event Captains would have to hide and change their telephone numbers. And, just as importantly, we want all teams to have all of the same information when they prepare for events. Think about how you would feel if a coach from another school told you, "That event captain is someone I know. I had a nice talk with her about her event." If you see an event captain at a social gathering, avoid talking about Science Olympiad. Completely. If you have a question about an event, send it to Liz. Liz will ask the Event Captain and send the answer to all teams.
Password protected websites: Some of you would like to use password protected websites to post the event descriptions. This is from the National Science Olympiad Website: "This resource may not be placed on any website..."
Liz asked the National SO Director about this. His response was: "We discourage any posting of Science Olympiad Event Rules on any website, even if it is password protected. In many cases, those sites have links to the posted content, and that's how we find out about them. Each year, we send a handful of "whoops!" notes to coaches posting the Science Olympiad Rules on school sites. Lots of coaches scan the rules and send selected PDFs to the students participating in each event via email. As long as it is within the school team, that is OK."
San Diego Regional Competitions will use:
1. The rules in the official Rules Manuals
2. Clarifications on the National SO web site.
3. Additional clarifications, if any, from our Regional Director
4. 2015 Proposed Event Schedules for Division B & (To be posted) Map and Division C & (To be posted) Map
5. (To be posted) 2014 Group Assignments
The group assignments (B1, B2…. and C1, C2…) will be made in December. All teams from a school will be in the same group – they will take the written events at the same time. Please note that the event conflicts are the same for each group. Students can not participate in two events that take place at the same time.
6. 2015 Required/Allowed Items for Division B and Division C
Not noted is that almost all written events require students to bring #2 pencils.
#5 goggles may be substituted for the less rigorous #2 goggles.
7. 2015 Dispute Resolution (To be posted) for San Diego Regional Competitions
(Above Links will be updated when available)
2014 Financial Support
We are an entirely volunteer, 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Without the support of the people and organizations below, this Competition could not take place. These donations cover the costs of materials, fossil kits, insurance, trophies, medals, ribbons, etc. We are incredibly grateful for their support.
Rosenthal Family Trust - $10,000
Perry and Phyllis Feuer Grant - $10,000
ViaSat Foundation at the San Diego Foundation - $5,000
Feltel Family Foundation - $3,000
General Atomics - $2,000
Google - $2,000
Leidos - $2,000
Cheminnovation Software Inc - $800
Microsoft - $510
Grateful patients of Charles Jablecki, MD
2014 Service Support
We thank the Poway Unified School District for allowing us to use the campuses of Rancho Bernardo High School and Bernardo Heights Middle School for the Division B competition, and the San Diego Unified School District for allowing us to use the University City High School campus for the Division C competition.
Fleet Science Center donated 300 free passes
San Diego Natural History Museum donated 150 free passes
Christine Jones - Alvarado Pacific Insurance
The students who participated, their coaches, their teachers and their parents thank all of the above for encouraging them to experience science and engineering outside of their classrooms.
How You Can Help . . . . . .
Again, we are an entirely volunteer, 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Contact Liz to offer your help. THANK YOU!
Here are event clarifications from nationals. Theese will apply to our Regional Competition. Click on “Reveal Questions”. Keep this link handy – it is not very easy to find.
Added 11/19/14 Construction Events
This year all of the construction events have a new statement. “Students must be able to answer questions ….” State SO has provided a clarification. The questions are at the discretion of the event captains. Our San Diego SO policy is firm about fairness, so if an event captain wants to ask questions, she/he will ask every team one or more questions. Due to the fact that it is possible for someone to misunderstand verbal questions, the questions will be written. At least one event captain has advised that he will send the coaches some sample questions before his event. Do not get bent about these questions. If students have built their devices, they will be fine with the questions.
Added 10/01/14 Invitational Competition
The following Invitational Competition has been proposed for 2014-2015. You must be part of a registered Science Olympiad team to participate in an Invitational. The contact should be done by the head Science Olympiad coach from your school.
Added 10/01/14 Event Rules Clarifications
Please send all questions about rules for the San Diego Regional Competitions to Liz Jablecki for further clarification.
At our San Diego Regional Competitions, we follow the rules clarifications from Nationals, but we may have additional clarifications from our Regional event captains.
Rules clarification from the National Science Olympiad (NSO) will be posted here.
The Southern California State organization will include all of the National Rules Clarifications and FAQ's for the State Tournament (this will be almost all of them) on the State Rules Clarification page along with our own rules clarifications for the State Tournament. Teams and event officials will be able to get national and state clarifications from one place. They can find all of the national and state clarifications here or download as a spreadsheet.
Teams may submit their rules clarification questions for the State Competition here.
There may be additional event captains who will give workshops. They will be posted. The workshops start at 2:30 PM. They will last about 35-40 minutes in two sessions. (2:35 PM – 3:15 PM and 3:20 PM – 4:00 PM). Other events will NOT be covered unless they are added later.
Additional Information - Specific Events: Will be added on the individual event pages and here when appropriate.
Our first (and only) organizational meeting will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2014 at the corporate campus of Via Sat in Carlsbad. The meeting will start at 4:00 PM in Founder’s Hall, Building #4. Here are the directions to get there. The aerial view of the ViaSat campus shows the entrance from El Camino Real and the drive to Building #4. You may park anywhere.
Visitors to ViaSat are not permitted to carry cell phones. Please leave them in your cars.
We have important business to conduct at this meeting. If you have not previously sent your registration materials to Liz, you may bring them to the meeting and we will register you there.
Check Division B & Division C for Specific Event Updates
Here is how to join the Yahoo National Coaches' Message Board
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