Hawthorne Elementary School

Science Olympiad

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Thursday March 8th, 2018

6:15 pm - 8:15 pm 

Grades 1-5

Event Schedule:

6:15 pm check-in

6:30 pm challenge 1

7:00 pm challenge 2

7:30 pm challenge 3

8:00 pm closing ceremonies and awards


Below are examples of challenges students have tackled in the past:


1st grade challenges:

Marshmallow Tower – Constructing a tower out of limited supplies

Experience the Rainbow – Applying the scientific method to sweet experiments

What’s for Dinner? – Studying owl diets through pellet analysis

2nd & 3rd grade challenges:

The Skin You’re In – Creating realistic blisters and wounds

Building Bridges – Constructing a bridge that has the ability to hold objects

A is for Anatomy - Studying circulatory, respiratory, digestive and skeletal systems


4th & 5th grade challenges:

Marble Roller Coaster – Designing a roller coaster using cardboard tubes

Mystery Architecture – Building a tower out of a set list of supplies

Eco Challenge – Game of survival based on various animal adaptations


Science Olympiad Fun Night is a non-competitive, work-free, stress-free night of fun and exploration.  It is a great chance for working parents who cannot normally participate in volunteer activities at school during the day to experience an educational event with their child.


During the Science Olympiad Fun Night, students in teams of three to five, led by a parent volunteer, rotate through three half-hour events, each designed to meet age-appropriate skills and knowledge bases.


Science Olympiad Fun Night gets kids excited about science, and also about teamwork.  Each group of three to five students is required to choose a team name and a team color, and then encouraged to dress for the part on the night of the event.


Hawthorne students grades 1-5 are encouraged to sign up! Students will be assigned to a team of 4-6 students by grade. Each team will be lead by a parent volunteer. All participants must register on the PTA Webstore by Friday, February 16th. Parents interested in leading a team will select “yes” under Parent Group Leader during the registration process.


Registered students along with the parent group leader are able to attend. Due to space limitations, we can not accommodate unregistered siblings.


If you are not leading a team, but are interested in participating in another way, we will find a job for you! Also, older siblings can volunteer to assist the experiment facilitators and receive service hours, if needed.


You will be emailed name and contact information for your team before the event. You will be responsible for contacting your team members and as a group deciding on a team name, and coordinating clothing or accessories. Be creative and have fun!


On the night of the event, you will guide your group around the school to the three events to which you are assigned.


Everything is set up for you and it’s super easy and FUN!


Volunteers are needed to lead and assist challenges as well as set-up and/or clean-up the night of the event.


Any questions, please contact 2017-2018 committee co-chairs Gina Filosa or Suzanne Montella.