It's a simple fact -- Science Olympiad would not exist without volunteers! Science Olympiad has always benefitted from a virtual army of dedicated, passionate and creative educators, parents, administrators and corporate mentors who write the content, run tournaments, perform professional development and generally make Science Olympiad work. If you have spent nights dreaming of flying model airplanes, building robots or teaching kids the science behind earthquakes, Science Olympiad has a job for you! Here's a list of the kinds of volunteers we normally utilize and who to contact to get involved:
Behavior Governing Guidelines
Anyone wishing to volunteer with Science Olympiad Tournaments should become familiar with Science Olympiad Rules, Policies and Guidelines. As printed on the inside back cover of Science Olympiad Rules Manuals and on each page of the Science Olympiad Rules, all participants in the Science Olympiad experience should abide by the Code of Ethics and General Rules, which includes the Science Olympiad Pledges for Students, Coaches, Parents and Event Supervisors. Please pay careful attention to the Policies section of the website, where you can find the Science Olympiad Building and Tools Policy for constructed devices, as well as important safety information regarding eye protection and the use of lasers. Science Olympiad coaches must follow all guidelines set out by their school, district or administration in order to run an extracurricular activity. Science Olympiad's Volunteer Code of Conduct provides guidance for those running and wishing to participate in Science Olympiad Tournaments. Tournament Directors may utilize these or versions of these forms:
Regional, State or National Tournament Volunteers
Science Olympiad tournaments are labor-intensive affairs full of fun and excitement -- they are usually held on a Saturday and require between 100-300 volunteers to run the 46 events, register and check in teams, run the scoring room, hand out medals, arrange lunch and oversee all the little details for crowds of up to 1,500 at a State Science Olympiad Tournament or up to 7,000 people at a National Tournament. Use the state web site page to connect to your state director or regional tournament director to sign up!
State Organization Volunteers
Each state Science Olympiad organization is run independently and needs members of the educational and business community to serve on their boards and in leadership positions. Again, use the state web site page to connect to your local state director to offer your services.
Team Mentors, Corporate Mentors or Employee Volunteers
While each of the 7,000 Science Olympiad teams nationwide has a school employee/teacher as their head coach, many teams rely on parents or community members to assist with preparation for events. Science Olympiad events are aligned with state science curriculum standards, but many subjects require additional study, the use of a research lab, or intensive mentoring by a practicing scientist. If you have a science specialty, please consider reaching out to your local middle school or high school Science Olympiad team or program. Many corporations have dedicated Employee Mentoring programs which allow workers time off to participate in programs like Science Olympiad. Local school, district or administration guidelines and policies for school-building volunteers or extracurricular club mentors must be followed.
Event Supervisor Volunteers
Science Olympiad continually seeks assistance with the writing and creation of all Science Olympiad events. Every event in the history of Science Olympiad has been brainstormed, developed, loved and nurtured by individuals interested in promoting a specific line of science like horology (the study of clocks and time) or epidemiology (the study of the spread of disease). Out of this type of devotion came the Science Olympiad events It's About Time and Disease Detectives. If you'd like to share your knowledge, please contact Science Olympiad with your idea for an event or to volunteer with an existing event.
Already on a Science Olympiad team and feel a strong need to share what you've learned with your fellow students? Science Olympiad provides a perfect excuse to call up your local middle school team and offer your expertise. Did you know you can gain service hours by working with peers or younger students? Get back in the game, volunteer today!