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Registration for the 7th Annual Emerson Science Olympiad Now Open

Posted by Jana Krausfeldt on Jan 7, 2016

7th Annual Science Olympiad Fun Night

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the 7th Annual Emerson Science Olympiad Fun Night

What is the Science Olympiad?

  • Throughout the evening, teams of 4 to 5 students grouped by grade (K/1st, 2/3rd, 4/5th) are guided  by parent volunteers through a series of 3 - 30 minute, hands-on experiments that are fun, easy and designed to spark the imagination, promote teamwork and instill an interest in science.  The experiments are typically presented by local corporations, professionals and/or parents from the Emerson community.  This is not a science fair…students do not need to research or present a science experiment.

Who can Participate?

  • The SO is open to ALL Emerson students – K through 5th Grade

When is the SO?

  • The Science Olympiad will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (Wednesday, March 2 is a late arrival day).  

How Do I Register?

  • Paper – A limited number of copies of the registration form will be available at the Emerson office if you do not have access to the internet or email.

Can I Volunteer?

  • Yes – Close to 100 volunteers will be needed to make the evening a success.  No specific science background is needed – only a desire to have fun.  See the registration form to volunteer.  Thank you for you time!

NOTE: You MUST register your child/children in order for them to participate.  This is a drop-off event.  There is no cost to participate.  Registration will close at 11:59 pm on Sunday, January 24, 2016.

Supplies Needed!

Science Olympiad cannot happen without parent donation of time as well as supplies to run these fun science experiments for our kids!  Please consider donating the following items:

  • Bamboo Skewers
  • Paper Towels - Rolls
  • Clear Plastic Cups – 6 to 8 oz
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Plastic Table Cloths
  • Small Chop Suey Containers
  • Empty 2 Liter Bottles with caps
  • Food Coloring (red, blue, yellow, green)
  • Straws – Non-Bendable (Lots!)
  • Hand Wipes
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Masking Tape

All items can be dropped off in the SO supply box currently located outside of the Emerson School Office.  Thank you for your generosity!

This year's experiments:

K-1st grade

  • Groovy Baby! – Students will see what happens when different substances try to mix together as they make their own bubbling lava lamps.
  • Don’t Bug Me – Directed by an expert from the Lakeview Nature Center, the children will transform into bugs and will learn how bugs of different kinds survive in the wild.
  • Bubble Trouble – Students will explore bubbles in a fun and interactive environment.

2nd-3rd grade

  • The Skin You Are In – Our medical team of experts will help the children explore the “grossness” of scabs and wounds.
  • Weather or Not – A meteorologist and the students will create tornadoes and clouds to observe the forces of nature at work.
  • Building Bridges – With help from a Professional Engineer, the children will be challenged to build the longest weight supporting bridge with the materials provided.

4th-5th grade

  • Mystery Architecture – Design architects will challenge the participants to build the highest tower using a bag of mystery materials.
  • Operation Egg Drop – Using only the materials provided, teams will design and construct a package to protect their egg from braking.
  • Mystery Powders – By conducting a series of tests and observation, students will try to identify four white “mystery powders” under the guidance of an Elmhurst College Chemistry Professor and the Chemistry Club.

If you have any questions about Science Olympiad, please contact Darren Morton at

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