Sara Swanson

Science Olympiad needs coaches for Manchester to compete this year

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Last spring, Manchester had two teams that medaled, shown here Bodi Foulke and Will Kaufman. (Team member not pictured: Kailyn Demetrio who was unable to attend award ceremony.) Photo credit: David Gallinat

Science Olympiad is a national program to promote interest and recognize achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) is a local affiliate that offers learning opportunities and hosts a tournament event in the spring for all participating schools and Klager Elementary has fielded a team for this competition since 2014. But, if Manchester is going to the 2018 Science Olympiad tournament on May 12, 2018, organizers need coaches!

Coaching a science team may seem intimidating; however, this is basic, grade-school level science. A science background or experience is helpful, but not required. Event coaches receive a study guide, training, and any individual support they need from the program organizers. And the whole point is for everyone to have fun with science.

Coaches can be parents, but they can also be grandparents, aunts/uncles, or family friends. And if your child is interested in participating, what a great way to spend time together – discovering a passion for science and making new friends. If you (or someone you know) could offer approximately 2 hours per week (which includes team practice and prep time) from January through mid-May, please consider volunteering your time. The team is also required to provide one key volunteer or event supervisor in order to participate in the program. There’s more information about these positions – as well as available events and the Science Olympiad program – on the Manchester Schools Science Olympiad websiteIf you are interested or have any questions, please email or complete this short contact form by November 10.


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