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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Registrations for the 2017-18 season are being accepted until January 15, 2018. For teams wishing to compete in 2018, complete the registration form and return with payment OR purchase order (actual copy of PO).

New schools (or schools that have not registered with WSO within last 5 years) may register for $150 discounted new team fee. If registering more than one new team, the returning team fee applies ($250 per additional team) If registering 3rd or more teams after December 15, the fee is $150 per team (on a space-available basis only - check with State Director for availability before submitting registrations).

WSO team registration confirmation provides indication of registered regional tournament and a link to electronic rules manual (on national Science Olympiad web site). For print copy of rules, go to national Science Olympiad store to purchase. Link to electronic rules manuals should be available by mid-September, so the earlier you submit registration form/payment or PO, the sooner you'll get access to rules manual and can begin preparing for the tournament. NOTES: (1) Purchase of a rules manual from national Science Olympiad Store does NOT register your team for Washington Science Olympiad; (2) Teams registering with a purchase order must submit a "hard" copy of the purchase order (e.g., send the actual PO - not just the PO #) to finalize registration; (3) Coaches should receive e-mail confirmation of registration/link to rules manual within 2 weeks of submission of final registration documentation ... if you don't receive registration confirmation within that time frame, please contact State Director to determine registration status; (3) Teams must formally withdraw registration by January 15, 2018, in order to obtain a refund; (4) Registered teams will receive a unique team number that will be used in ALL tournaments in the state -- invitational, regional, and state. Rotations (X, Y, Z) will be provided to coaches by January 16.

No more than 6 teams from one school may register prior to December 16. At that point, additional teams may register on a space-available basis. After December 15, 3rd or more teams may register at the discounted $150 fee; 2nd teams from a school will pay full $250 registration fee.

Schools registering 3rd or more teams AFTER December 15 may register for $150 on a space-available basis. Complete registration form and send PO or payment.

2018 Rule Clarifications - Check NSO site

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WSO UNIFIED SCHEDULE:

All tournaments in Washington state adhere to the same schedule in order to provide continuity of competition from the regional to the state tournament. Click on the link below for the most recent schedule. Contact State Director if you are unable to open the document.

2018 WSO Unified Schedule - Final. All tournaments in WA adhere to this schedule. Tournament Directors MAY adjust schedule as long as coaches are notified by January 16.


2018 PILOT / TRIAL EVENTS:

Pilot and trial events are selected by the WSO Board of Directors based on coach feedback/request and/or trial events that are scheduled to become regular events in later years on the national SO lineup.

2018 Washington Pilot Event B & C Divisions:

Lindbergh Electric Airplane Flight (LEAF) Challenge

This event will be run at all WSO tournaments with scores figuring into overall team results. NOTES: (1) Teams MUST use above-linked rules. (2) Rubrics used for judging LEAF Challenge:

Scoring sheets for Poster and Interview; DIY construction info; and other LEAF resources )


2018 Trial Events (will be run at state tournament - check with regional tournament director to see if will be run). Please use these rules:

B Division
Density Lab
Indoor Bottle Rocket

C Division
Indoor Bottle Rocket
Interrogating the Brain

Teams advancing to the state tournament should use rules posted to WSO web site - click on above links - to ensure you have the version being used in Washington. (Do not use the rules on the national Science Olympiad web site.)

NOTE: LEAF Challenge pilot event will be included in all WSO tournaments and scored regularly (going into overall team score). Inclusion of trial events identified above is  at regional tournament director's discretion. Trial events WILL be included at the state tournament. Descriptions and rules for trial events are not in the official electronic rules manual obtained from the national SO Store.


Number of Teams Advancing from Regional Tournaments to State Tournament:

The number of teams advancing to the state tournament from regional tournaments: 20 teams per division

Numbers are determined after the registration deadline (Jan 15).

To determine the number of teams advancing from regional tournaments to the state tournament in each division, the following formula shall be applied:

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Resulting fractional numbers will be rounded down (.1 to .4) or rounded up (.5 to .9).

Example:

If there are 79 B teams registered statewide and 20 B teams can be accommodated at the state tournament.  There are four regions:

Region 1 has 18 teams

Region 2 has 24 teams

Region 3 has 23 teams

Region 4 has 14 teams

 

Based on the formula above, the following number of teams should* advance to the state tournament:

Region 1 will send 5 teams (formula3

Region 2 will send 6 teams formula4

Region 3 will send 6 teams formula5

Region 4 will send 4 teams formula6

*In years when rounding up results in more teams being eligible for State than the tournament is able to accommodate (as identified in the above example, where 21 teams should advance), the region/s with the greater number of teams will be given priority.  In the example above, this would be the actual number of teams that advance to the state tournament based on only 20 teams being accommodated:

Region 1 – 5 teams
Region 2 – 6 teams
Region 3 – 6 teams
Region 4 – 3 teams (even though the formula allowed for rounding up to 4 teams, with only 14 teams, this region has the fewest number of registered teams; therefore, the other regions are given priority in advancing to the state tournament).

2018 Season Teams Advancing to State (based on 20 teams) - TBA after all regional tournaments are completed:

Eastern regional (Spokane)

Northwest regional (Seattle Central)

Northwest regional (University of Washington)

South Central regional (Yakima)

Southwest regional (Vancouver)


Event Alignment with Washington State GLEs:

B division alignment
B matrix
C division alignment
C matrix


MEETINGS & COACHING WORKSHOPS:

Meetings and Coaching Workshops - Click on link for information about the NSO Summer Insitiute and other clinics.


2017-18 WSO Coaches Clinics

For a list of invitational tournaments (opportunities to practice prior to regional tournaments), check out the Tournaments page.


Science Olympiad video clips


COACHING TIPS:

Check out the latest brochure from the Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology - brochure


Check out the latest brochure from the Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology - brochure


Awesome Aquifers & Hydrogeology Website - brought to you by the Ground Water Foundation. Check out the Competition Tips for Students. While this event is not currently on the Science Olympiad schedule, most events rotate through every few years. Teachers may want to use this as a classroom activity.


Probes and other measurement devices are used in a variety of Science Olympiad events like Bio-Process (B) and Technical Problem Solving (C). Texas Instruments has many products that meet event requirements. See their web site for product and education details: http://education.ti.com/educationportal/sites/US/homePage/index.html

Information on funding and grants for TI products: http://education.ti.com/educationportal/sites/US/sectionHome/grantandfunding.html


WRIGHT CENTER FOR SCIENCE EDUCATION
A great place for coaches to find practice tests.




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