Pop Quiz: Science Olympiad
Last year, I was asked (rather last minute) to help with our regional Science Olympiad. This is an event where teams from junior high or high schools compete in various science, technology, and engineering tests and challenges, earning points and medals for their team. It’s like a track meet for STEM, really.
I had some previous astronomy challenges to work with, and we’re limited to what can be done during the day and in a lab. Surprisingly, I managed to make a test that got a range of scores from the teams, so it seems I hit the difficulty level well. This year, I’m prepping early for two events, and I want to get this right. This means pondering how to hit a new topic, repeat it for a second even that is different enough, try to make it more “hands-on,” AND get the difficulty levels correct.
Have you take part in an academic olympiad of this sort? As a player, coach, or coordinator? What do you think of this sports-like approach to school topics in a competition format?
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