Coaching a Science Olympiad team requires people and resources. Recruit help from everywhere. In the past, teams have had sponsorship from local service clubs, parents’ groups, school boards, senior citizens’ groups, book publishers, the military, local colleges and universities, and newspapers.
Seek help with coaching individual events, organizing, and publicity from your community. This is good public relations for your school and a good way to involve parents and booster clubs in supporting academic competitions. No teacher or school can buy the positive “PR” gained by placing in one or more of the Science Olympiad events. All communities are looking at schools critically. They want to help them become better. Successfully participating in Science Olympiad helps schools confirm that quality instruction is taking place in the schools and that schools are taking steps to involve students in academic extra-curricular activities.
Other non-science teachers and school staff are great resources, too. Your school nurse, technology teacher, math teacher, and health teacher would offer expertise and resources that you may not have yourself. Parents who have specific knowledge and skills—building, engineering, forestry, etc.— may also be willing to help with individual events.
While coaching a team can be a daunting task to take on alone, making it a community effort benefits everyone involved. Often all it takes to get others involved is an invitation. If you would like someone to do a presentation about Science Olympiad to your classes, PTA group, school administrators, or other community partner, please contact Ben Dalton to schedule an appointment.