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Dear Coaches and Educators,
   Jacksonville High School invites your school to become a part of an exciting hands-on science experience in east-central Alabama. For the 25th year, Jacksonville High School is sponsoring an Elementary Science Olympiad, an academic interscholastic competition which is designed to increase student interest in science and improve the quality of science education. The Elementary Science Olympiad offers a unique opportunity for your students to test their creative and cooperative skills, interact with other motivated students, and expand their minds with science.
   Since 1993, the Elementary Science Olympiad at Jacksonville High School has hosted over 8,500 student participants from schools throughout northeast and central Alabama. Teams from Adamsville, Alabaster, Anniston, Birmingham, Clanton, Gadsden, Jacksonville, Huntsville, Leeds, Lincoln, Madison, Montgomery, Trussville, and Tuscaloosa have competed in very successful tournaments.
   Elementary Science Olympiad teams are comprised of up to 24 upper elementary students who compete in a series of individual and team events which participants prepare for prior to the tournament. The majority of Elementary Science Olympiad events are team competitions that require teamwork, group planning, and cooperation. The emphasis is on learning, participation, interaction, and having fun. If you are not familiar with the Science Olympiad, please browse around our Official Elementary Science Olympiad 2018 Web Site at http://www.esoatjhs.org
   The Elementary Science Olympiad at Jacksonville High School, set for Saturday, February 24, 2018, will once again be offering competition in Division A-2 for students in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6. Olympic-style medals will be awarded to the top six teams in each of the 28 events. In addition, team trophies will be awarded to the top six schools based on a total compilation of points during the day-long Olympiad.

ESO 2018 Fast Facts
+ Competition will be offered in Division A-2 for students in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6.
+ Up to 24 students from grades 3 through 6 may participate for a school's team.
+ Teams shall consist of students from a 3-grade span that is most appropriate for the school. Thus, teams may consist of 3rd through 5th graders or 4th through 6th graders. No teams may compete with both 3rd and 6th graders (4-grade span).
+ There is a limit of 8 sixth graders per team, but an unlimited number (up to the maximum of 24) of third, fourth, and fifth graders.
+ Schools may enter only one team in ESO at Jacksonville High School.
+ The Elementary Science Olympiad is a day-long competition beginning at about 9:00 am and ending around 4:30 pm.
+ Most events are 45 minutes to 1 hour long. All events take place on the grounds of Jacksonville High School under the supervision of sponsors and Elementary Science Olympiad staff members.
+ Teams may enter as many or as few of the 28 events as they wish. For each event, teams should enter the required number of participants. Events typically require between 2 and 4 participants. Participants from the same team compete as a team, working together to complete the event.
+ Most events are attended only by its students participants (i.e. no coaches or parents), but individuals may wait outside the event site for their participants to exit.
+ Up to 7 events may be occurring simultaneously. Complete event schedules are available online at the ESO at JHS web site in November.
+ Olympic-style medals will be awarded to the top six individuals/teams in each event. In addition, team trophies will be awarded to the top six schools based on a total compilation of points during the Olympiad.
+ Elementary Science Olympiad 2018 at Jacksonville High School is only a regional event. There is not a statewide competition for winning teams.

ESO 2018 Important Dates
Please note the following dates for Elementary Science Olympiad 2018 at Jacksonville High School:
ESO 2018 Returning Teams Registration Deadline Wednesday, November 1, 2017
ESO 2018 New Teams Registration Deadline* Monday, November 13, 2017
ESO 2018 Pre-Registration Forms Due Friday, February 2, 2018
Elementary Science Olympiad 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018

* A maximum of 33 teams will be admitted for ESO 2018 at JHS. New teams will be added in order of registration with the state office following the Returning Teams Registration Deadline on November 1st.

We are excited about working with you on our 25th Elementary Science Olympiad and look forward to seeing you in February. Please share this information with your colleagues. If you have any questions or for additional information please don't hesitate to contact us at esoatjhs@campusrec.com.

David Peters and Brad Rohrer, Alumni Consultants
Angie Davis, Faculty Sponsor
Elementary Science Olympiad at Jacksonville High School

Elementary Science Olympiad 2018 Events
The ESO at JHS staff has adopted several changes to this year's event line-up. Boggle Science, Free Fall, and No Bones About It have been dropped from the 2017 list and replaced with three ESO at JHS original events. Returning for 2018 are Science Detectives, in which teams will attempt to identify items that match a set of physical or chemical properties, and Third Rock from the Sun, which tests students' knowledge of basic geology. And, debuting this year is a new ESO at JHS original event, Unbreakable, in which teams will construct a device that safely catches an egg dropped from a predetermined height.

Elementary Science Olympiad events are distributed among three broad goal areas of science education.

Science Concepts and Knowledge
Dinosaurs and Disasters, Don't Bug Me, Food for Thought, Going Green, How Do You Spell Science?, In Bloom, It's Elemental, Quick Sketch, Science Decades, Science Detectives, Science of Music, Space Invaders, Triple Play, Weather or Not, Where in the World?

Science Processes and Thinking Skills

Geometrics, Grab a Gram, Infographics, Super Sleuths, Which Way's North?, Write It, Do It

Science Applications and Technology

Bridging the Gap, Calculator Contest, Crash Landing, Mystery Architecture, Pasta Transporter, Unbreakable

Event Descriptions: Five for Twenty Five
The Five Events That Date Back to Our First ESO at JHS in 1993
1. Calculator Contest - This event allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of problem-solving using a hand-held, non-programmable calculator.
2. Grab a Gram - Teams of two students cooperate to pick up given materials in an amount not to exceed fifty grams.
3. How Do You Spell Science - Students will be asked to spell words from the earth, life, and physical sciences and give a definition of the word spelled.
4. Weather or Not - Students will demonstrate their knowledge of meteorological terms, instruments, and forecasts.
5. Write It, Do It - Students will prepare a written description of a contraption and other students in a separate room will attempt to recreate the contraption using only the written description.

Event Descriptions: Additional Events
1. Bridging the Gap - This event tests students' abilities to build a lengthy, strong, and stable bridge from common materials.
2. Crash Landing - Students design and build a contraption onsite from predetermined materials to safely protect a raw egg dropped from a high place.
3. Dinosaurs and Disasters - Participants will be quizzed on dinosaurs and major geologic events of the prehistoric era.
4. Don't Bug Me - Students distinguish insects and non-insects, identify various characteristics, habitats, life cycles of various orders of bugs.
5. Food for Thought - Students will be quizzed on their knowledge of nutritional information.
6. Geometrics - Students demonstrate their ability to measure various physical properties of various geometric shapes.
7. Going Green - Teams of two students will demonstrate their knowledge of environmental concerns including conservation methods and current events.
8. In Bloom - Teams of two students will be tested on their knowledge of plant life including grasses, flowers, and trees.
9. Infographics - Students will interpret charts, graphs, illustrations, and informational graphics.
10. It's Elemental - Student teams will be quizzed on the elements, periodic table, and basic physical science concepts.
11. Mystery Architecture - Teams of two students build the tallest, strongest, and most stable tower from materials unknown to them prior to the competition.
12. Pasta Transporter - Teams build a cart entirely of pasta that is designed to carry cargo the greatest distance.
13. Quick Sketch - Teams of two students will communicate science terms through art as one member draws "clues" for the other to guess the science term or concept.
14. Science Decades - Student teams will be quizzed on major scientific discoveries and advances from a specific decade.
15. Science Detectives - Teams of two students build a device that incorporates a parachute.
16. Science of Music - Participants will demonstrate their knowledge of the properties of sound and basic music concepts.
17. Space Invaders - Teams of two students will be quizzed on our solar system and NASA missions from the last 60 years.
18. Super Sleuths - Teams of two students work together to solve a series of logic puzzles.
19. Third Rock from the Sun - Teams of two students identify various rocks and minerals and demonstrate their knowledge of basic geology.
20. Triple Play - Teams of three students will work to categorize science terms and concepts by category or common characteristic.
21. Unbreakable - Teams of two students build a device that safely catches an egg dropped from a predetermined height.
22. Where in the World? - Teams of two students will match geographic features and scientific phenomena with the appropriate location or region from around the world.
23. Which Way's North? - Teams will identify map features as they follow directions around an Alabama state map.

Online Registration
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News and Notes
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Rule Clarifications
We've adjusted a few of the rules from events in the ESO Coaches Manual. Check here for all the revisions.

Event Archive
Thirty-two ESO at JHS originals and adapations are available online in our Event Archive.

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