Hawthorne Elementary School

Science Olympiad

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Thursday March 9th, 2019

6:15 pm - 8:15 pm 

Grades 1-5

Event Schedule:

6:15 pm Check-in

6:30 pm Challenges/Experiments

8:00 pm Awards


​Science Olympiad is nationally sponsored science education program. It's designed to heighten students' interest in science by giving them unique, non-school related or graded opportunities to learn about science in a fun and engaging way. By not only EXPOSING students to science, engineering and forensics experiments but also INVOLVING them, they will gain a fresh perspective and understanding of science that they may not otherwise receive. 

Students will participate as teams per grade and rotate through classrooms at Hawthorne where they will be introduced to different scientific topics and then participate in an experiment that puts that topic into action! Some of the activities may be competitive where they will compete against other teams in their grade (and receive awards) while others will be conducted simply to generate interest and intrigue.


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 Monday, March 11th. 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 2018-2019 committee co-chairs Andrea O'Connor or Anne Zimmer.