• MNMS Science Olympiad 2020 - 2021
    (In-House Style)


    Mr. Joshua Price (jap16@scasd.org) & Mr. Bryan Fatzinger (brf12@scasd.org)


    Do you have a strong interest in science and engineering? Are you responsible, able to follow directions, able to work individually and as part of a (socially distant) group? Do you have a strong desire to showcase those talents in a competition setting? If so, consider joining the 2020 COVID edition of Science Olympiad. Science Olympiad usually consists of a multi-school competition in the spring, but this year we have decided to hold our own MNMS version right here and just compete against other MNMS students. Any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student is eligible to be part of the team. We plan on having building event competitions like, elastic launch gliders, mouse trap cars, popsicle stick bridges, paper roller coasters, and possibly others. We will have meeting times after school from 3:30 until 4:30 a few times a month AND you can also work on your projects at home, so fully remote students can participate too and just zoom in for questions or socializing with the team. 



    To gauge student interest, please complete the survey below.  We will be in contact with anyone who responds. 




    2020-2021 MNMS Science Olympiad Survey




    What is Science Olympiad normally?

    Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education.

    Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events, which students prepare for during the year.

    These challenging and motivational events are well balanced among the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, engineering, physics, and computers. Events balance students’ knowledge of science facts, concepts, process skills, and science applications.

    Because of COVID, we will not be participating in an interschool competition this year, instead it will be held in-house between MNMS students. 


    Meetings (UPDATED 1/13/2021 - Email sent to students who responded to interest form)

    Our first meeting will take place next Tuesday - January 19th in the Wood Lab Classroom - with Mr. Price - Room 54. We plan to meet from 3:30 - 4:30, but you are able to leave earlier if desired. Since there is no late bus capability, please plan to have someone available to pick you up between 4:15-4:30. 
    We will also run the same introductory meeting on Wednesday - January 20th, for those students that are in the building that day. 
    If you are remote, or prefer to attend remotely, please send an email to brf12@scasd.org and I will send you the google meet link for the meeting. 
    Note: You do not need to attend both meetings, as we will be simply discussing what the plan will be moving forwards. 


    • Elastic launch gliders (competition would be longest flight)
    • Mouse trap cars (competition would be farthest distance)
    • Popsicle stick bridges (competition would be most weight held and best load to weight ratio) 100 stick limit. 
    • Paper roller coasters (competition is a point system - points for slowest to reach bottom, jumps, loops, original piece design)
    • We will also offer the option of creating wooden brain teasers. 
    • Other events may be added depending on the response. 

    Date of the Competition 


    To be determined - Spring 2020


    Meeting Attendance

    Please complete this form each time you attend Science Olympiad. 




Last Modified on April 9, 2021