Unlike the Summer or Winter Olympic games, select individuals are
not the only ones who participate in the "Science Olympics".
These Olympics are not of the athletic variety but of the mind,
with the level of competition ranging from the average to the gifted.
Any individual interested in the pursuit of excellence through
science or competition will be interested in Science Olympics. The
events are straightforward, the rules are simple and the only missing
ingredient is your participation.
In order to have a successful Science Olympics, you do not need
a large number of participants. It is preferable, especially in
the early years of organization, to have small numbers of keen participants.
If you are holding your Olympics in a school or classroom situation,
it would be easy to inform your students of the Olympics. You may
even require participation as being a mandatory part of classroom
If the games are not held during class-time or, as part of an extra-curricular
program, more work would be involved in informing the participants.
Schools should utilize the P.A. systems, school-papers and notices
on the bulletin board, and teachers could make announcements in
classes. Organizations outside the school system could use annual
meetings, newsletters and notices to inform members.
You should inform the participants well in advance of the Olympics
when they have to build models. Remember communication is not always
easy and accurate. To ascertain the number participating, you may
require direct contact through phone calls or letters - follow up
The method of participation would have to be planned. You could
have individual competition, teams of two or three or any combination
of these. As an example, you may have individuals or teams of two
competing in the specific events. Their scores would be totaled
to determine the overall day winner. Your decision will be based
on the objectives you wish to accomplish.