Elementary Science OlympiadESO brings science to life
Big Island ESO
Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO) is open to all public, private, charter, and home schools in Hawaii as well as groups that involve students in grades 3 – 6 (i.e Cub/Girl/Boy Scouts and after school programs). Up to two teams per group can be registered.
ESO 2018 Coaches ManualDownload the new ESO Coaches Handbook to learn more about Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO) in general and what we do locally in the Hawaii State Science Olympiad (HSSO) ESO program. This handbook will teach you about the different events and how you can participate. It will also cover the conduct of participants, the role of parents, provide scheduling tips, review how to setup a team and much more.
- Registration fee is $150 for the first team and $100 for the second team
- Payment can be made by check (made out HSSO) or school purchase order.
2017 Hawaii State Science Olympiad Elementary Events
3, 2, 1, Blast Off!
Barge Building – (NEW)
Chew the Fat
DESCRIBE IT, BUILD IT
Hot Air Balloons- (NEW)
Metric Mastery – (NEW)
Mystery Powders – (NEW)
Name the Scientist – (NEW)
Plastics Detective – (NEW)
Take to the Skies – (NEW)
Tide Pool – (NEW)
HSSO Elementary Science Olympiad Calendar
- ESO Presentation/Coaches Workshop
What is Elementary Science Olympiad?
How much does it cost?
- Membership per Year – $150 for the first team / $100 for the second team (2017-2018). This fee covers a coaches’ manual, coaches clinic as well as materials, resources, trophies, medals, and other expenses for the tournament.
- The rest of the costs are very dependent on the event. Events that require building something do involve more expenses; however, at the elementary level these costs are nominal. Most materials for practicing for events can be found in schools, garages, and the internet. A ROUGH estimate of the supplies needed for one team would be no more than $200 NOT including the membership per year.
Why should students be involved with Elementary Science Olympiad in Hawai‘i?
Now, more than ever, Hawai‘i’s students must improve their performance in science. This is especially true at the elementary level where students are building their knowledge base that will serve as a gateway for future science courses and ultimately career choices. It is particularly important in Hawai‘i that elementary students have more opportunities for gaining knowledge and understanding in science with the imposing standardized testing of science which has made its way into public elementary schools in Hawai‘i.
With the new testing in science, it is not the goal to take away any teaching time from the basics or any other subject, but instead enrich and enhance the opportunities in science education for elementary school students. The elementary years are important for influencing young students’ perceptions about science. It is during these years that students, if taught science in a hands-on, problem-based manner, begin to develop important lifelong science literacy skills, such as problem solving, critical thinking, self-regulated learning and team work. With the added pressure of testing and future occupations moving rapidly in the direction of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, it is important that students and educators benefit from every opportunity they are given to further their science education. The Elementary Science Olympiad will improve the learning of science for all students and celebrate their efforts.