Elementary School Science Olympiad Program (ESSOP)

Attend the ESSOP Workshop During Science Week
Attend a Teacher Workshop and receive an overview of actual elementary science olympiads. Plus, fundamental information is shared regarding how to start and implement a Science Olympiad along with the application process for obtaining grant funds up from the SSP for materials and equipment.

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A Certificate of Attendance and an Act 48 Continuing Education Credit will be issued to each teacher upon the successful completion of this workshop.

What is Science Week?
Science Week offers local schools interactive student workshops for students in grades first through sixth, and workshops for teachers that are designed to help teachers implement fun experiments into their classrooms.

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Saturday October 20, 2018

David L. Lawrence
Convention Center


COST

$30

Teachers attending this workshop will be eligible for a grant to purchase classroom science materials.

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What is a Science Olympiad?

A Science Olympiad consists of different hands-on events where students take an active role in exploring science topics related to the school’s science curriculum. The events can be scheduled to occur as half-day up to three-day competitions.

The program helps students of all abilities succeed in science by making science fun and exciting. It is designed for students in grades 4 through 6; however, it can be adapted to include lower grade levels.

Each event, either competitive or non-competitive in design, meets the current National Science Standards, as well as the Science Standards set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

What is ESSOP

The purpose of the SSP Elementary School Science Olympiad Program (ESSOP) is to excite, inspire, challenge, and foster the fun side of science for all elementary students of all abilities.

The ESSOP provides information, manuals, training, and grant money for teachers and administrators to promote Science Olympiad programs in their schools or districts.

Apply for ESSOP Grant
The Elementary School Science Olympiad Program grant is available to provide seed money to help elementary/middle schools develop and implement an inclusive science olympiad program within their school.

Grants up to $3,000 per school will be awarded for equipment and materials related to the Olympiad.


Application and instructions will be posted
Monday, October 22, 2018
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Grant amounts will be awarded based on:

  • Number of students who participate
  • Types of equipment and materials needed
  • Number of days devoted to Olympiad activities
Attend a Sample Science Olympiad
Teachers and/or administrators who plan on developing a Science Olympiad at their schools are encouraged and invited to attend one of the Science Olympiads in May:

  • Central Elementary School
  • Heritage Elementary School
  • St. Monica’s Catholic Academy

Attending one of these schools’ olympiads allows interested parties to see, first-hand, actual events of a Science Olympiad and to get ideas to help implement an olympiad of your own. The dates, times and how to register to attend one of the participating school’s science olympiad’s will be available after January 1, 2019.

When planning the development of an Elementary Science Olympiad Program, the following details should be noted. The mission of the SSP is to award grants for a program in which all students, across grade levels, participate. The ESSOP Program is not meant to provide a competitive event for an elite few top science students, but to help promote science education for all students of all abilities within your school.

The SSP-ESSOP, now in its 13th year, is striving to continue its expansion throughout the Southwestern Pennsylvania Region. It is the hope of the ESSOP committee members that the Elementary School Science Olympiad Program is one that will be developed in your school building/district.

Questions?

If you have any questions,
please contact Amy:

bovino@pittcon.org

412-825-3220, x212