Southern California State Science Olympiad
April 5, 2014: Preliminary Scores
Preliminary Scores are posted here.
April 3, 2014: Update
As we're approaching this year's State Tournament, we ask that the head coaches to remind their team (students, parents, co-coaches, and guests) to maintain good sportsmanship and demonstrate courtesy to all during the upcoming program. Our staff has worked hard to implement the use of technology in an effort to more efficiently run the tournament. The successful implementation of this now allows us the ability to devote more time to the students participating in their events instead of the administrative processes which were utilized as part of past programs (e.g. checking ID cards before students enter an event, checking students off based on the school name written on their wristband, requiring students and coach to fill out change of student forms, etc.). We are happy to say that the high level of conduct and integrity shown in past programs has allowed for a reduction of these types of checks and procedures because of teams' ability to follow the rules. In order for us to keep these freedom and privileges, please make sure to review the Science Olympiad Code of Conduct and pledges with all members of the team.
In particular, we want all members of the team to be reminded of the following:
- The number of students in an event cannot be more than what is allowed in the rules.
- If you want to take a picture of another team's device, you must ask that team and receive their verbal permission in order to do so.
- One or more of the 15 current team members must have constructed all pre-built devices presented for judging.
The head coaches are responsible for the action of their team as well as all individuals accompanying their team. Please make sure they
are courteous and respectful to other teams and event personnel. When the head coach arrives the morning of the event, he/she should submit
all of the following in an envelope at the check in table:
General Release Form signed by everyone from the team (head coach, student participants, student non-participants, co-coaches, parents, guests)
Photo and Video Release Form signed by everyone from the team (head coach, student participants, student non-participants, co-coaches, parents, guests)
Code and Ethics Form signed by everyone from the team (student participants, student non-participants, co-coaches, parents, guests)
Please make sure you have the medical release form for each student (both student participants and student non-participants) with you and show it to us at the registration table. However, we will not be collecting this and the head coach should hold on to that
Once the head coach has turned in these required forms, he/she will receive the official team packet (e.g. an official schedule, a map, an appeal form, etc.) and wristbands for your students (up to 15 official members). Please note that the wristbands are only for the official members of the team (the alternates for the trial events do not need wristbands). Finally, please make sure to print out enough copies of the map and schedule for the team's use as there will be a limited number of maps and schedule will be available on the day of the event. We will have a QR code for the map and schedule. Please let students and guests of your team know so that they can download a QR code reader.
Please review the list of useful information and contacts, shown below, that you may wish to use on the day of the program:
Emergency Contact Information:
In case of a medical emergency, please call 911. The address of Canyon High School is 220 S. Imperial Hwy, Anaheim Hills, CA 92807.
Minor Procedural Issues Contact number:
On the day of the event, if there are quick procedural issues, head-coaches can call 818-570=0333. Quick procedural issues are things like: Event Supervisor is missing for an event; Event Supervisor is checking for student ID to let them in, Event Supervisors not allowing certain items that should be allowed, etc. In general, call this number to get something fixed quickly (not to appeal). Resolving procedural issues is not meant to replace the appeal process that's currently in place. Please make this option a useful one and only use this number judiciously to make sure it helps facilitate the process and not negatively impact it.
If your team needs to file an appeal, the head coach please complete an arbitration form, making sure that the Event Supervisor signs it before bringing Rm. 200. Only the head coach of the team can submit an appeal. They may be accompanied only by the students who participated in the appealing event.
The Southern California State Science Olympiad has a Twitter presence. Follow us on Twitter: @SoCalScioly.
If there are any last minute changes, they will be posted there!
All the Event Clarifications that we will be following for the upcoming 2014 Southern California State Science Olympiad Tournament are posted here. Please note that these are the only clarifications which we will be utilizing in the program, in addition to the rules found in the rules manual. You can also download these clarifications in an excel spreadsheet format here.
Online Self-Scheduled Sign Up:
The online self-scheduled sign up is now closed. However, you can still log in and click on the "View Your Event Times" tab to see the events and time you have signed up and reserved. Please make sure your students are aware of the time your team has reserved for this purpose.
Keeping the Campus Clean:
We will be providing each head coach a trash bag as they check in the morning of the event. Please be courteous and help pick up any trash in your area as a way of thanking the school for their hospitality and help in hosting this year's program. The goal is to keep the grounds free of any debris and trash and restore it to its pre-event condition before our arrival. Thanks for your help and support in making this possible.
Chipotle Sponsorship Update:
We are proud to announce that Chipotle, Inc. is, once again, a sponsor for this year's Southern California State Science Olympiad program. The store location is listed below for your information:
8182 East Santa Ana Canyon Road
Anaheim, CA 92808
Preliminary and Finalized Scores: Preliminary scores will be posted for review on the State web page by the end of Saturday, April 5th and they are subject to review. Head coaches have until Tuesday. April 8th at 5:00pm to submit any questions/concerns or issues that have been found regarding the Preliminary Scores. The scores will be considered finalized when they are posted on the State Web Page following this review period.
We look forward to seeing you and your team on April 5th. We wish you a very successful visit, filled with enthusiasm, praise worthy conduct, personal integrity, and wonderful learning experience. We exhort your team to once again utilize and uphold the rich traditions embodied within the Science Olympiad program.
Best wishes to you and all the members of your team and parental community.
March 28, 2014: Update
The pre-final schedule is now available. There are two changes from the previous version of the schedule (v.3):
- Air Rocket Trajectory C (Trial) will take place in lower field
- Air Rocket Trajectory C (Trial) IMPOUND will take place from 11:20 AM until 12:20 PM
Parking, Student/Device Drop Off and Team Check In Location:
Parking is available in the lower parking lot. Student and devices can be dropped off at the south end of the lower parking lot where the ramp is (next to the gym) for students on the 14th. The team registration check-in table will be located at the top of this ramp. Buses can park on the north end of the lower parking lot. The parking lot and the drop off area on the south end of campus (upper circle of campus) will be limited to event staff drop off and parking and will require permit to enter and/or to park.
Team Staging Area:
Team are welcome to select a location for a home base during the day of the Science Olympiad. Please refrain from using the quad area shown on the campus map to reduce the noise level near testing events. In addition, please do not arrive on campus prior to 7:00am. Thank you for your corporation.
Cooking and any open flame are prohibited due to safety regulations. Under no circumstances should you cook or reheat food during the day
Parent Volunteer Assignments:
The parent volunteer assignments are now posted here. Each school has ~3.3 hours of parent volunteer assignments. You can either ask 1 parent volunteer to complete it or 2 parent volunteers to split up the time. Please make sure you let your parent volunteers know when and where they need to be there on the day of the event. There are no cards or paper to sign. When they report to the assignment, they need to let the event supervisor(s) know that they're a parent volunteer and the school they're representing. If you have any questions regarding your assignment, please let us know.
March 23, 2014: Update
Below are some updates for the upcoming Science Olympiad State Tournament:
In the original email (welcoming letter) that was sent out, there was a reference to Mission Possible B. That should have been Mission Possible C.
Medical Release Form:
The Medical Release Form has been updated to show the date and year for this year’s tournament instead of last year’s. Please make sure to use the updated one for 2014 instead of 2013.
The only rule clarifications that we’re observing at the Southern California State Science Olympiad Tournament are ones posted at http://socalstatescioly.org/?tab=event&page=allclarifications. You can sort and filter the clarifications by downloading them here. Note that the last day to request a rules clarification is Tuesday, March 25th, 5:00pm. All requests after that time will not be answered. All clarifications will be final on Tuesday, April 1, 11:59 PM after which there will not be any more clarifications posted.
Parent Volunteer Assignments:
Sometime next week, we will be sending out the parent volunteer assignment for all the teams. In general the parent volunteer assignments for each school will be about 3 hours. More information will be coming regarding this.
Food Availability on campus:
Canyon High School’s Music Department will be selling food items like they did last year in front of the gym. You can see the menu here.
We have updated the schedule. The changes to the previously released schedule updated on 8/30/2013 (v2) are:
- The rooms numbers and locations have been updated now
- The impound time for Roller Coaster B has been moved to a later time
- No other event times have been moved
Mission Possible C, Energy Transfer List:
Each team must submit an Energy Transfer List (ETL) as a PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not submit DOC, DOCX, TXT, DAT or any format other than PDF. If you do not have the capability to create a PDF document, you can use a free, online PDF converter (example: PDF converter).
You must submit the finalized ETL by Friday April 4, 2014 no later than 5:00pm to receive the 25 points (5f) for "submitted as directed." Please make sure you have your team number and team name at the top of your ETL. Late submissions can still earn the formatting points (5g). Students are strongly encouraged to use the format of the example found here.
NOTE: In the Subject line of your email, enter your team number and school name. As an example, "Subject: ETL for Team CXX, School Name." Attach your PDF document file to the email.
Those teams that submit their ETL early will receive feedback about their formatting and their device. The event supervisors will not respond with advice after 5:00pm Thursday, April 3. All final ETLs must be received by Friday April 4, 5:00pm.
Please make sure your team is aware of the following as we will be strictly following the items below:
- The mixture for the starting task must be randomized by shaking before being poured into the device.
- Containers used for sorted objects must be similar to the original containers used to pour in the mixture
- Batteries cannot receive points based on a chemical to electrical energy transfer because batteries must be factory sealed.
- The measurement for the dimensions of the device will be the entire space the device takes up including the walls, floor, and any part of the device that might extend beyond these boundaries during the running of the device. So for example:
Bungee Drop C:
Bungee’s elasticity is measured as the length of the cord (not including length of the mass) when the mass is put on.
Please note that there is a scoring clarification:
Q: Does the mass score and the time score have to come from the same successful run?
A: No. The mass and time scores can come from different successful runs.
Rotor Egg Drop B:
In the original email (welcoming letter), the height listed for Rotor Egg Drop B was incorrectly listed as 15 meters. It should be 15 feet.
Please note that there has been a recent rules clarification that disallows ramps
Q: Are ramps allowed this year assuming the egg starts at the starting line?
A: No. Vehicles are not allowed to start on ramps and the vehicle cannot be the falling mass. If the wheels are not touching the floor in the “ready to run” configuration then they would not be allowed to touch the floor after the run has begun since it would be in violation of the rules
Water Quality B/C:
In the original email (welcoming letter), it states that 1 liter of saline solution will be available for testing the team’s salinometer/hydrometer. That should have been 250 mL saline solution that is available for testing the team’s salinometer/hydrometer.
There has been an updated clarification from National regarding salinometer/hydrometer which we will be observing. This replaces the
previously answered rules clarification posted on the State web page. The updated clarification is as follows:
Q: In the construction of the salinometer/hydrometer, would the use of a multimeter (not built by the team) in checking the electrical conductivity of a circuit (built by the team) during competition be legal?
A: Yes, it is okay to use a purchased multimeter as part of the device the students build provided that none of the components were manufactured to measure water quality/chemistry. They need to be able to explain how they built it.
Green Generation B (Trial):
Since this is the second year we’re running this event, it will cover terrestrial issues, population growth issues.
Roster Coaster B (Trial):
The link for the rules for this event is now working.
March 7, 2014: Welcoming Letter and Important Information
Congratulations and welcome to the 29th annual Southern California State Science Olympiad hosted by the Southern California Association of Science Specialists (SCASS) on the campus of Canyon High School, Anaheim, CA on Saturday, April 5th, 2014. Below, you will find some important and useful information about the upcoming program. Please be aware that some of these items are time sensitive and require immediate attention!
Spring Break Recess:
We understand that many of you will be on Spring Break in the upcoming weeks. Please note that any updates will be both sent to your email address and posted here. Please ask your students to check the web page during their Spring Break especially if you will not be able to relay relevant information to the team.
Online Registration and Parent Volunteers (Time Sensitive):
This year we will once again, be registering all teams online. Please fill out the requested form by noon on Friday March 14th. The link has been sent to all coaches of teams invited to participate at the State Tournament. This is how we will confirm that you are receiving our emails and updates and are planning to attend the upcoming program. Please note that you do not need to submit the names of students, alternates, or parent volunteers during registration, at this time, so please register ASAP.
Certificate of Liability Coverage (Urgent and Time Sensitive Follow-Up):
The California State Science Olympiad program directors, the Southern California Association of Science Specialists (SCASS) & the Orange Unified School District require that your school/district provide us with a "Certificate of Liability Insurance" or "Evidence of Coverage" Certificate in order to attend and participate in the April 5th, 2014 State Science Olympiad program being held on the campus of Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills, CA.
You, as the coach for your team, will need to immediately request from your district/school/risk management office contact, insurance coverage, in the form of a Certificate of Liability, for your team's participation in the State Science Olympiad 2014 program. The State program requires different agencies to be named and now includes three agencies which are involved in running and hosting the State program.
The Certificate of Liability coverage certifies to the Orange Unified School District, the Southern California Association of Science Specialists (Host agency), and California State Science Olympiad program directors that your district/school is aware of your school’s participation in this event and authorizes your team's attendance in the State Science Olympiad program on April 5th, 2014 at Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills. The 'Certificate' also allows for all involved to understand that the district or insuring agency will provide liability coverage for each team's participants and district staff who participates in the program.
Insurance Certificate Language: (Certificate of Liability Insurance or Evidence of Coverage Certificate)
California State Science Olympiad Program Directors, the Southern California State Science Olympiad-South and their officers, agents, employees and volunteers of each of them
The Orange Unified School District, its Trustees & Board Members and the staff members of Canyon High School, its officers, agents, employees, and volunteers of each of them and The Southern California Association of Science Specialists (SCASS), and their officers, agents, employees and volunteers of each of them
Please note that if a district has more than one school participating in the upcoming program and the issuing agency allows for this, one certificate for all the participating schools in a district can be issued providing all of the participating are named in the "Certificate of Liability" or "Evidence of Coverage" Certificate that is provided. Should your Risk Management Office or Insurance Agent have questions regarding the requested information, please contact, Director Ed Rodevich by email or by phone at 714 = 280-2681
Required Insurance Forms Destination:
Once completed, you or the your school district must e-mail a pdf copy of the Certificate of Liability to email@example.com and a hard copy of the original Certificate must be mailed directly to the State Science Olympiad program office at
State Science Olympiad Program Office
Irvine, CA 92620
Attn: Ed Rodevich, Director
Regardless of the how the copy of the 'Certificate' is provided, the "original certificate(s)" must be mailed to the State Science Olympiad program office at the address provided above. Please include the name of the district, name of the school, and the team number to ensure that the documents are credited to the proper school. The Certificate of Liability or Evidence of Coverage Certificate must be received by March 24, 2014 (E-Mail or US Mail) to enable program staff to verify that all insurance requirements for your team have been met.
Please give a copy of this information to your risk manager or insurance agency contact to make them aware of the wording and time-lines needed for completion and receipt of the required information. In addition, please remember to check with your risk management office/insurance agent on a regular basis regarding the status of the completion of your 'Certificate'.
Field Trip Permission Slips:
Please check with your school to see if you need to have field trip permission slips for your students to attend the Southern California State Olympiad Tournament on April 5th, 2014. In some states permission slips are required for all students travelling to any event in any vehicle other than an authorized hool bus. The purpose of these slips is to protect the drivers of private cars from litigation in the event of an accident. Some permission slips note ergency numbers for each child and/or stated permission for necessary medical treatment. Without the stated permission for necessary medical treatment, me hospitals have been unwilling to start medical care in the absence of parents or guardians. Please be aware of this as you plan for the upcoming program.
Check-in on the Day of the Tournament:
Check-in is scheduled to begin at 8:00 AM on April 5th, 2014. The head coach of the team should go to the registration area check-in and to turn in registration materials. The registration materials we’re expecting are:
- Final team roster with the name of the students and grade level
- General Release(s) for all participants, alternates, parents, chaperones, coaches, volunteers, non-participating students, and guests of the teams
- Medical Release(s) for all participants, alternates, and non-participating students of the teams
- Photo Release for all participants, alternates, parents, chaperones, coaches, volunteers, non-participating students, and guests of the teams
- Code and Ethics Form for all participants, alternates, parents, chaperones, coaches, volunteers, non-participating students, and guests of the teams
After providing all of the items requested to the staff in the Registration Check-In table, you will receive a packet which will include the 15 wristbands, a map, a schedule, and an arbitration form. You will need to download and make sure you print off enough copies of the map and event schedule for your students, parents, and guests before arriving on campus. The Olympiad will not provide multiple copies for the map and event schedule.
15 Official Team Members Roster Requirement:
Our current practice at the Southern California State Science Olympiad is for the head-coach of the team to bring and submit a final official roster of participating students on the day of the tournament during the morning check-in time. The head-coach needs to also submit any of the various release forms and code of ethics forms that are required. If there is a change in the composition of the team, this is simply recorded on the roster you bring on the day of the event.
Wristbands are provided for your team members. You will receive fifteen (15) wristbands when you check-in. It is expected that the students (maximum fifteen) that you bring will compete in as many of the events as your team plans to participate as some schools do not compete in all of the events. Please be aware that there is no maximum or minimum number of events that a given student must compete in at the State Tournament. We are aware that teams may employ an organizational system that includes maximum or minimum numbers in order to manage the team and schedule, but that is not a requirement of the State Science Olympiad program.
We do not expect schools to substitute team members during the tournament. However, if an emergency should arise and a student on your team is unable to compete, you should discuss that situation with a member of the Executive Steering Committee on the day of the event.
Please note that each school can send up to 2 students to each of the medal-only events. The 2 students for the different medal-only events can be different and all of them should be listed as alternates on the team roster. This means that you may have up to 4 alternates. Please make sure you check the Science Olympiad guidelines on who can be on your 15 member team.
Science Olympiad Code and Ethics & General Rules:
Please review with your students and parents the Science Olympiad Code and Ethics & General Rules
Photography on the Day of the Event:
We will have media and official photographers on the day of the tournament. If your student(s) wish not to be in photos/videos on the day of the event, they should be instructed to remove themselves from the photo, videos, and/or interview situation to avoid compromising the information for broadcasting and newscasts, as instructed on the required photo release forms.
Please note that teams can only take pictures of a device if the device belongs to the photographer's affiliated school. In the case that a team wants to take pictures of another school's device(s), permission from the owner of the device(s) must be given. Please refer to the National Science Olympiad Media Recommendation and check unacceptable scenarios 1 and 4. If your team has a unique design that you do not want other teams to use, please make sure you take the needed action to protect it by covering the device in some manner.
Hosting Campus Location:
There are a number of different Canyon High Schools in California; please note that the address for State Science Olympiad Canyon High School is 220 S. Imperial Hwy., Anaheim, CA 92807. A map of the campus can be found here. Please note that the red lines mean that there is a gate/fence and it is not possible to walk through them.
Schedule, Team Numbers:
The preliminary schedule and the team numbers are posted on the State web page. While we do not expect any major changes to the schedule at this point, we will let you know if there are any updates to the schedule and send you a pre-final schedule a few days before the program. As we update the schedule, the one posted on this web page will also be updated. A final schedule will be provided on the day of the event for each team.
Please note that we will be running the following trial/medal only events:
Air Rocket Trajectory C
Roller Coaster B
Green Generations B
In order for us to run these medal-only events, we must need support from teams. If you or an adult from your team can run this event, please let us know ASAP. While these event results will not count toward the team overall total which determines the team advancing to the National Tournament, the 2 participants from the top 3 places for each of the trial/medal only events will receive medals at the award ceremony. Any member of the school can participate in the trial (medal only) events. They do not have to be part of the 15 member team (and will not need wristbands) and the maximum of seven 12th graders and five 9th graders do not apply to the participants of the trial (medal only) events.
Online Sign Up for Self Scheduled Events (Time Sensitive):
We will be using a new online system, Event Sign Up System (ESUS), for the self-scheduled events sign ups. The links to access the self-schedule sign up are
Division B http://socalscioly.org/esus/state/b/
Division C http://socalscioly.org/esus/state/c/
Username and password will be emailed to the head coach of the team on March 17th. If you do not receive the username and password by March 18th, please contact us immediately because the self-scheduled event online sign up will open Wednesday, March 19th, at 3:00pm and will close on Friday, March 28th at 3:00pm. Please note that you will NOT be able to sign up for these events after March 28th at 3:00pm. For technical issues, please call 818=570-0333. The available time slots will be ready for your preview starting next week and you will not need your username login information to see this.
Once you have logged in, by default, you will be on the page with different events and time slots which you can sign up for. By clicking on "Get this time" in the time you want, you will have selected that time for this event and the slot will turn green and read "You have this slot." If you decide to select another time for this event, you can click the "Get this time" button for another time and it will automatically drop your original slot and get you the new slot.
You can review the time slots which you have signed up for by clicking on the tab on the top that says "View Your Event Times." On this page, if you decide you do not want to participate in an event, you can click the "Drop This Slot" button to drop your time for that event. You can also go back to select and/or change your times afterwards by click on "Select Event Times."
After the sign up period is over, you will still be able to log in and click on the "View Your Event Times" tab to see the events and time you have signed up and reserved.
Sign up for each event is on a first come first serve basis starting at the date and time listed above. Each team should sign up for one of the 5 or 6 time slots for each of the events they are interested in participating. Each time slot is 1 hour long and depending on the event and the time slot, between 6 and 9 teams will be able to sign up. On the day of the event, all of the teams which signed up for a particular hour will show up to their event within that hour and demonstrate/test their device according to the rules. The order in which the teams within the hour demonstrate/test their device will be done on a first come first serve basis as well. It will be advantageous for teams to get the event at the beginning of the time slot so that they will not have to wait for as many teams.
Mission Possible C: Students must show up sometime during the time slot they sign up for in Mission Possible B to start their 30 minute set up. If students have to leave immediately after their time slot is over, they should prepare to show up early in the time slot to make sure they can run their device and get to the next event in sufficient time. Students should check with the event Supervisors to see when they can start setting up. Please note that because of the set up time, a team that arrives in the middle of the time slot may have their 30 minutes of set up time and their 3 minute run time go over into the following time slot.
If your self-scheduled event requires impound, the device must be impounded during the time stated in the schedule. Per the code of ethics and general rules, any person designated by the coach can impound devices unless stated otherwise in the rules.
We've moved the rules clarification process online. To submit a question, fill out the form here. The only clarifications we will be following will be the ones posted here. All clarification questions we answer will be automatically posted on the web page. Please note that the rules clarification form will close Tuesday, March 25th, 5:00pm. All requests after that time will not be answered. All clarifications will be final on Tuesday, April 1, 11:59 PM after which there will not be any more clarifications posted.
Elastic Launched Glider C and Helicopter B Venue Dimensions:
The dimensions for the Elastic Launched Glider and Helicopter B venue (Dance/Small Gym) are 8.6 meters high, 28.75m long, 13.85m wide. Picture of venue ceiling for Elastic Launched Glider C and Helicopter B can be found here.
Rotor Egg Drop B Venue:
Rotor Egg Drop B will take place at the staircase located at the east end of the back of the gym (an outdoor venue). The drop will be approximately 15 feet.
Water Quality B:
Student teams will need to bring their own container to test their hydrometer/salinometer device. Also, each team will be limited to a maximum of 250 mL of saline solution for testing their salinometer/hydrometer.
For those of you who are interested in getting dinner before the awards ceremony, you can find a list of restaurants in the area here.
September 15, 2013: Upcoming Invitational TournamentsWe have a number of teams interested in hosting invitational tournaments this year. Invitational Tournaments allow Science Olympiad teams to participate in non-official practice tournaments that do not impact Regional or State advancement or rankings. Any middle, high school, and/or Science Olympiad organizations may host these tournaments to give teams a chance to get a feel for various events, but these tournaments must be approved by their State Director in order to make it an official Science Olympiad sanctioned event. While none of following teams have submitted the required form yet and thus not official yet, we would like to post this information out so that teams can plan ahead in the case that they’re interested in participating in any of these Invitational Tournaments.
August 30,2013: Updated 2014 Schedule
We are proud to announce that we will be increasing the number of teams advancing to the State Tournament from 26 teams in the past to 30 teams this year in each division. Because of such, the schedule has been changed from an even/odd structure to a triplet structure. Click here to check out the schedule.