Anyone have any tips on starting a science olympiad club? I don't know where to start. Thanks a bunch!
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Hi! I did SciOly all four years of high school and it was a great experience for me - here are a few pointers.
1) Find interested people and get a team together - The SciOly roster is typically 15 people (although you could still compete efficiently wit as little as 12 people) This, in my opinion, is the most important step. If you have a dedicated group of people it will look much better for you when you ask principal/administration for permission to start the club.
2) Find a mentor/teacher/advisor to be your "coach" - Picking the correct person to be your advisor is crucial. I would suggest a math or science teacher from your high school. They should be prepared to spend extra hours with the time, help you, and be ready to work out logistics regarding competition. Take your time and make sure they know how demanding scioly is before they commit. Like I said before, this is crucial. Also, if possible, find multiple teachers that are willing to advise scioly together
3) Fundraise! You will need cash for competition, supplies, fees, food, and other misc. items. I would suggest approaching small, local engineering or architectural firms as well as local businesses in need of advertising. You could offer to put their logo on the back of your team shirt or something
This is not really much but i hope it helps, lmk if you need any more help/information :)
Talk to your school principal and get permission. She might say you need an adult sponsor. Your principal or sponsor will set it up with the organization. Then make a poster and set up a table at your club fair if you have one. Also talk to friends and other people who might be interested.
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