The events selected for the Olympics
determine the level of necessary organization. Each event should clearly state
its objective, as well as provide the judging criteria, rules and regulations.
Choose events which are well suited to the participants. Science Olympics is designed
to be challenging, educational, and above all, -fun. Making the events too easy
would offer little challenge. Events that are too difficult will cause most students
The timing of the events will be important to the organization
of the Science Olympics. A small number of participants may be content to draw
numbers from a hat to determine the order. Larger numbers require you to determine
the order prior to the day of the Olympics and to inform the participants as to
when they would be competing. You may want to provide games, books, music, computers,
lectures, etc. for the participants who are not competing, for the day would become
boring for them after some time. Encourage them as an audience.
judges and spectators to contribute ideas to your next Olympics. You might even
award prizes for the best idea. Next year, you could eliminate some events as
you add new ones.