Oregon Science Olympiad
team-based science and engineering competition
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Science Literacy

Science Olympiad is also a motivating and meaningful way to promote science literacy.  Students must become experts in their particular events to succeed in competition -- whether it is an official tournament or a part of a teacher's curriculum.  Students generally enjoy becoming experts, and cannot do so without building their reading, writing, and communication skills.

 Knowledge events like Dynamic Planet and Reach for the Stars require students to organize and command information from many sources.  Many also invoke the application of logic (as in Disease Detectives and Crime Busters), and the skill of writing arguments.

 Building events likewise require information from multiple sources, including diagrams and online forums.  The goal in building events like Bridge Building and Air Trajectory is to design and build the best invention within a set of constraints.  Scientific principles, small experiments, and the opinions of experts all play a part in creating that optimal design.

 Laboratory events like Technical Problem Solving and Experimental Design focus on procedural writing.  As students try out experiments, they must compare their own results with those of published scientists, reflecting on the reasons differences may occur.
To make it easier for teachers to select events that support literacy, we've correlated the Science Olympiad events to the Common Core Standards in Science and Technical Subjects on our standards page.

 "The Oregon Science Olympiad program provides a highly motivating mix of collaboration and competition, centered around exactly what we need American students competing at now: science and engineering."