Important State Tournament Updates
As we approach the State Tournament, please update your school roster and alternates list in https://scilympiad.com/oh before uploading your final team roster with your Principal's signature.
As a reminder, teams may add six (6) alternates to the team roster who may participate in trial events. Unfortunately, only one team from a school may participate in each trial event. Teams without a final team roster signed by the Principal will not participate in the State Tournament.
Team Binders and Computer Usage
Although some teams prefer to use electronic binders, due to the high potential that they may trigger some of the "out of browser" warnings built into Scilympiad, electronic binders are discouraged.
Additionally, electronic binders may create a competitive imbalance compared with teams that use traditional binders. As such, the State office expects that teams will use standard/traditional binders.
Unless otherwise specified in the rules (i.e., Astronomy, Game On), during the Ohio State Tournament, the use of a computer is solely to log into the Scilympiad platform to participate in the competition.
Preventing Technical Issues During Events
Please test student logins the night before the tournament
If a student is unable to see tests, ensure students are using the generated Login IDs to log into the tournament site at this address: https://scilympiad.com/oh
If a student has technical issues during a test, the student should follow the following steps:
First, reach out to the event supervisor through the Scilympiad chatbox
Second, after reaching out to the event supervisor, students should take a screenshot of the technical issue
Finally, students should contact their coach and email a copy of the screenshot
Please share the above steps with your students to ensure they follow them as closely as possible. I would also encourage teams to have scratch paper to jot down answers if they lose internet connectivity or their responses.
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For more information specific to the State Tournament, please visit the https://ohso.osu.edu/tournaments/state/events
Coaches help enhance and foster students' interest in the ever-changing worlds of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
This page provides the resources coaches need to provide students a successful Ohio Science Olympiad experience. Remember--a coach's job is to train, guide, and teach. Students must be responsible and accountable for the team's success. Here's how you can help your team:
- Know the Science Olympiad rules
- Set goals for the students
- Set a criterion for continued participation
- Be a resource
- Host regular practices
- Have fun!
Download the free 2021 Science Olympiad Rules Manuals in the Science Olympiad Store now, and check out MY SO for single-player online tests, free Lesson Plans, and STEM career videos!
Season Planning Update
While the COVID-19 situation still changes daily, the National Office has laid out the most likely scenarios for where students will be learning and have developed a series of models which will allow State Chapters to start the season with enough options and flexibility to provide registered Science Olympiad teams with a good experience, no matter how local situations evolve.
These new ways to play have already passed through levels of approval by the board and major stakeholder groups. Additionally, for each new way to play the National Office has identified the conditions under which the model is most appropriate.
The dividing line between the two sides of the Season Planner Flowchart is whether students are learning in school or at home. For those attending school at a physical school building, there are the options of a regular Science Olympiad tournament, or the new Satellite SO. For students in distance learning mode where COVID-19 precautions are still in place, we’re adding mini SO, MY SO and the 3 C’s.
During these trying times, we are asking you to think differently – to use your incredible network to stay engaged.