Events are Open to the Public
On Saturday, May 10, elementary school students from throughout the state will descend on Moorestown Friends School (MFS) for a day of friendly science competition, exploration, ingenuity, and fun. The Elementary Science Olympiad Tournament, one of three in New Jersey, will take place throughout the school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Events open to the public include:
Dining Hall Commons:
9:15 – 9:50 a.m. – Can Race (drag race using a can)
10 – 10:50 a.m. – Chopper Challenge (rotary flying devices using only one sheet of paper)
11 – 11:50 a.m. – Barge Building
12 – 12:50 p.m. – Tennis Ball Catapult
1 – 1:50 p.m. – Mystery Architecture
2 – 2:50 p.m. – Straw Egg Drop (a device is built from straws to cradle an egg being dropped)
2 – 2:50 p.m. – Water Rockets
Students in Grades 4-6 from 13 New Jersey schools (each with 12-20 competitors) across the state will participate. Participant schools include: Al-Ghazaly School, Baytul-Iman Academy, Bergen Arts & Science Charter School, Chesterfield Elementary School, Darul Arqam School, Haddonfield Elementary School, Mullica Hill Friends School, Noble Leadership Academy, Passaic Arts & Science Charter School, Paterson Art & Science Charter School, Ranney School, Rising Star Academy, and Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School.
In addition, on Saturday the school will also host a FIRST LEGO League Tournament (Nature’s Fury Challenge). This is a Middle School invitational tournament which will take place in the school’s West Gym.
Science Olympiad is a national nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, training workshops, and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state and national tournaments. 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.
New Jersey Science Olympiad has been on the leading edge of educational innovations since 1993. These innovations include high academic standards; demonstration of skills through performance testing; learning through hands-on, minds-on activities; cooperative learning through events that require teamwork; improved self-concept through success in achieving high standards, and making applications and connections to the real world.