Science Olympiad Entrance Test

Topics to Study for the Test

2019-2020 TESTING INFORMATION

FRIDAY, 8/23

AT

7:30-8:40 AM

IN THE

LGI


PLEASE WATCH THE ANNOUNCEMENTS

YOU MUST SIGN UP TO TAKE THE ENTRANCE EXAM...VIEWING THIS DOCUMENT IS NOT CONSIDERED SIGNING UP...CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO ACCESS THE GOOGLE SIGN UP SHEET

SIGN UP DEADLINE IS THURSDAY, 8/22

A Message from Susan Holzknecht - Head Coach

BEFORE SIGNING UP TO PARTICIPATE... please note that Science Olympiad is a year long commitment. Should you be selected as a member of the 2019-2020 team, you will receive a schedule change assigning you to my Advisory class that is designated for only Science Olympiad team members. If you are involved in other extra-curricular activities, please keep in mind that Science Olympiad competitions take a priority. You are a member of a team that needs each person in attendance for all competitions in order to be successful. If your involvement in outside activities keeps you from doing your part for the team, then you will be asked to chose between activities. Having committed members is vital to the success of our team.

IF you make the team, please note the following dates. Many dates are yet to be determined, but this will give you an idea of the expectations:

September 3, 2019 –Team Member & Parent Informational meeting in the LGI (5:00-6:00 pm).

Please attend with your student and bring your questions!


November 9, 2019 – Invitational Meet, Cypress Falls HS (Cy-Fair ISD)


Date to be announced - Invitational Meet, Anthony Middle School (Cy-Fair ISD)

(most likely to occur on 01/25/20)


Date to be announced - Regional Competition, Beckendorff Junior High (Katy ISD)

(most likely to occur on 03/21/20)


April 23-25, 2020 - State Competition, Texas A & M Campus, College Station

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HOW THE ENTRANCE EXAM IS STRUCTURED

PART I - is a general test to identify your ability to follow directions (you can't study for this)


PART II - tests your ability to read and understand the general rules (4 questions)


PART III - you will be asked to answer 10 questions from topics within 4 major categories:


Category 1 - Biology

Choose from: Disease Detectives or Herpetology

Category 2 - Earth Science

Choose from: Dynamic Planet, Meteorology, or Road Scholar

Category 3 - Physics

You must answer questions about Thermodynamics

Category 4 - Chemistry

Choose from: Crime Busters or Potions and Poisons


PART IV - tests your understanding of Experimental Design (10 questions)


YOU WILL HAVE 1 HOUR TO ANSWER 54 MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS. The ability to think quickly is critical. Many competition events have more questions than this that must be answered in only 50 minutes.


Visit the sites listed below to see what to study for the Science Olympiad entrance test. Just click on the words "Sample Rules" and "Website Resources" to access the information under each topic. Review the rules and investigate the resources available for the topics.


*PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INFORMATION LINKS DO NOT CONTAIN CURRENT YEAR RULES. The entrance exam comes from the 2017-2018 rule book. 2019-2020 rules are not released until mid-September. If you become a part of the team, you will be provided with current rules. Additionally, some of the events tested may not be scheduled events for the 2019-2020 competition season.

PART II

Just click the words "General Rules" above to access the rules that you need to understand in order to answer questions from Part I of the entrance exam.

PART III

Category 1 - BIOLOGY

Disease Detectives

Students will use investigative skills in the scientific study of disease, injury, health and disability in populations or groups of people with a focus on Food Borne Illness.

Herpetology

This event tests student knowledge of amphibians, turtles, crocodiles, and snakes.

Category 2 - EARTH SCIENCE

Dynamic Planet

Last year students focused on Tectonics. The official topic for this year has not been released, but may be Tectonics again. For testing purposes, study Tectonics. An emphasis will be placed on the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices shown on soinc.org.

Meteorology

This event is about the meteorological topic Climate. Entrance exam questions will cover basic weather and climate terms, equipment, and competition rules. An emphasis will be placed on the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices shown on soinc.org.

Road Scholar

Teams will answer interpretive questions that may use one or more state highway maps, USGS topographic maps, Internet-generated maps, a road atlas or satellite/aerial images. Making calculations for distance traveled is required of these students.

Category 3 - PHYSICS

Thermodynamics

Teams must construct an insulating device prior to the tournament that is designed to

retain heat and complete a written test on thermodynamic concepts.

Category 4 - CHEMISTRY

Crime Busters

Teams will identify the perpetrators of a crime or crimes by using paper chromatography and analysis of unknown solids, liquids, and plastic found at the scene of a crime.

Potions and Poisons

This event is about chemical properties and effects of specified toxic and therapeutic chemical substances, with a focus on household and environmental toxins or poisons.

PART IV

Experimental Design

Given a set of unknown objects, teams will design, conduct, analyze and write-up an experiment.