Apr 28, 2017 Update
Caltech will be hosting the 5th Science Olympiad Summer WorkshopCaltech will be hosting the 5th Southern California Science Olympiad Summer Workshop. It is a condensed, one day version of the Science Olympiad Summer Institute hosted in Phoenix, Arizona each summer. This is the perfect place for coaches and tournament officials to learn more about 2018 events and to give feedback on these draft rules. Click here to sign up.
Apr 10, 2017 Update
The finalized scores for the 2017 SoCal State Science Olympiad program are posted. Tabulation errors were found in Road Scholar B and the final scores reflect this change. New medals will be mailed to the teams in this event. There are no changes to the top 6 overall team scores. Congratulations to Oak Valley Middle School and Troy High School for representing SoCal at the upcoming National Tournament!
We took the feedback from last year and made changes (additional home base space, ticketed awards ceremony, avoid using certain rooms, etc.) Please fill out the feedback form and ask your student to do so as well.
Pictures from during the day and the award ceremony can be downloaded here. They will be available online until May 11.
Seniors who are interested in volunteering next year should email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. They don't have to be attending Caltech or a local college next year. We can connect them to tournament officials in other states too.
The Certificate of Excellence and Appreciation have been emailed to the coaches for their use
The Caltech Bookstore still has a few Caltech Science Olympiad merchandise left. You can purchase them here. The 20% off discount is good until April 14.
Apr 8, 2017 Update
The preliminary results for the 2017 Southern California State Science Olympiad are posted and they are subject to review. Head coaches have until Monday, April 10th at 5:00pm to submit any questions/concerns or issues regarding the Preliminary Scores. As a reminder, this period is only for tabulation questions (e.g. your team received a no show when your team was there). The scores will be considered finalized when they are posted on the State Web Page following this review period.
Apr 4, 2017 Update
As we approach this year's State Tournament, please remind your team (students, parents, and guests) the following:
- Do not park or arrive on campus until 7:00AM. The Fire Marshal will be there and the permit for the event does not start until 7:00AM.
- Only park in the Caltech Parking Structures on the map and not the surface lots. Do not park or drop off at the surface lots. Surface Lots will require parking passes.
- Do not wander around inside buildings. All of the buildings we're using are academic buildings with research ongoing on Saturday.
- Do not photograph or videograph another team's device without their permission.
- Follow the instructions from the Fire Marshal regarding tents. As a reminder, each 10ftx10ft tent requires 160lb of anchorage and there is absolutely no use of stakes because of electrical lines running under the grass.
- Review the Code of Conduct and and Media Recommendation
Parking is free in any of the Caltech parking structures (Structure 1 (Building 123), Structure 2 (Building 124), Structure 3 (Building 126), and Structure 4 (Building 66)). Do not park or drop off in the surface lots or any 24-hour reserved spots. Street parking around Polytechnic School is either restricted to 1 hour or no parking. Please follow all traffic signage posts.
Coaches Check In
When the head coach arrives the morning of the event, they should submit all of the following in an envelope at the check in table under the west overhang of Beckman Institute:
- Team Roster with the official team of 15 participants from the school
- Release Forms for everyone affiliated with the team who will be on campus that day.
Once the head coach has turned in these required forms, they will receive the official team packet with up to 15 participant wristbands for the official members of the team and 19 additional awards ceremony wristbands (total 34 wristbands). Div B wristbands will be blue for the competitors and purple for the awards spectators. Div C wristbands will be yellow for the competitors and green for the awards spectators. 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 schedules available on the day of the event.
Emergency Contact Information: 626-395=5000. Do NOT call 911.
In case of a medical emergency dial 5000 from any campus telephone. Security can respond much quicker than Pasadena emergency services and will make this notification as necessary. If you’re in the home base area, first aid personnel are located at the check in/info table under the west overhang of Beckman Institute.
Minor Procedural Issues Contact number: 818-570=0333
On the day of the event, this is the number for quick procedural issues (Event Supervisor missing for an event, Event Supervisor asking for student ID to let students 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).
If your team needs to file an appeal, the head coach must submit the appeal form to the info table and call this number. Only the head coach of the team can submit an appeal. They may only be accompanied by the students who participated in the appealing event.
Follow us on Twitter @socalscioly. If there are any last minute changes, they will be posted there!
Keeping the Campus Clean:
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.
Due to the size of the Beckman Auditorium, the Awards Ceremony will be separated by division: Div B 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM, Div C 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM. Line up for the Awards will start at 4:30 PM. Doors will open at 5:00 PM for Div B Awards. All attendees of the awards ceremony will be required to show a wristband of their division. Teams should stay together as they line up. Only those with a blue or purple wristband will be admitted into the Div B awards ceremony and only those with a yellow or green wristband will be admitted into the Div C awards ceremony. The 15 official team members, and the trial event participants should sit on the first floor toward the front of the auditorium to minimize time to get to stage. Coaches, friends, and family should sit at the rear of the first floor or in the balcony. Once again, we have an official photographer to take pictures of the students with their medals in front of the backdrop. Coaches and parents are not allowed to come to the front to take pictures.
All the Event Clarifications that we will be following for the upcoming 2017 Southern California State Science Olympiad Tournament have been posted. Please note that these are the only clarifications which we will be utilizing at the tournament, in addition to the rules found in the rules manual. You can download these clarifications in Excel format.
Preliminary and Finalized Scores:
Preliminary scores will be posted for review on the State web page by the end of Saturday, April 8th and they are subject to review. Head coaches have until Monday, April 10th at 5:00pm to submit any questions, concerns, or issues regarding the Preliminary Scores to the State Director. The scores will be considered finalized when they are posted on the SoCal State Scioly webpage following a review period.
We look forward to seeing you and your team on April 8th at Caltech. We wish you a very successful visit, filled with enthusiasm, praiseworthy conduct, personal integrity, and a wonderful learning experience. We exhort your team to once again utilize and uphold the rich traditions embodied by the Science Olympiad program.
Mar 29, 2017 Update
No Practicing at Polytechnic or Caltech
Please remind your parents and teams that practicing your devices on Polytechnic Campus and Caltech Campus are strictly prohibited prior to the tournament. Teams should arrive no earlier than 7 AM on Saturday, the time which we have received a city permit to host this event. We're grateful that Caltech and Polytechnic are willing to host the State Tournament and that they've committed to sharing their staff and selected facilities on Saturday, April 8. Research and classes are ongoing and it is not acceptable to come onto campus to practice in the gym or other facilities. Pictures of each event venue have been posted here: http://socalscioly.org/?tab=event&page=venue_pics
Please do not jeopardize the possibility of having Caltech and Polytechnic host this and other Science Olympiad events in the future and do not risk your team being penalized.
Parent Volunteer Assignments
The parent volunteer assignments are now posted here. Teams must have 1 adult volunteer present for the entire duration listed for the given event. Coaches can either ask 1 parent volunteer to complete it or 2 parent volunteers to split up the time. Please make sure to let your parent volunteers know when and where they need to be on the day of the event. There are no cards or papers to sign. When they report to the assignment, they need to let the event supervisor(s) know that they're a parent volunteer and which school they're representing. If you have any questions regarding your assignment, please let us know.
Please let us know if anyone on your team requires wheelchair access.
Admissions Info Session
Caltech Admissions will have an info session for students, parents, and coaches from 4:05 to 5:00 PM in East Bridge Lecture Hall Rm 201. We recommend going to the info session for those interested in applying to or coming to Caltech in the future.
Self-Scheduled Online Sign Up
Thank you to all of you who have signed up. At this point, practically all teams have signed up. We understand that some teams want to exchange time slots, so we have created a spreadsheet for teams to seek out other teams for exchanging times. If two teams agree to switch times, please send an email (cc the other team) to email@example.com prior to the deadline for the online signup (Friday, March 31st at 6:00PM).
Tents and Team Home Base Area Assignments
This year, each team will be able to bring up to two 10ft x 10ft easy ups/tents. Per city regulations, each tent must have a total of 160 lbs anchorage distributed amongst the 4 legs. Stakes must not be used to anchor the legs as the lawn has electrical wiring running underneath. Similar to last year, the fire marshal will be on campus to verify that city regulations are being followed. Teams violating city regulations will be asked to remove their tents and teams not following the fire marshal or event staff's instructions will be penalized.
Each team will have an area of 25ft x 25ft as specified on the map found here. Flags will be planted indicating the spaces for each team. Home bases must be contained within the grass areas labeled on the home base map. Concrete areas around the grass area are fire lanes and must be kept clear at all times. No extension cords are allowed on the sidewalks.
Deadline for Rules Clarifications
5:00 PM today is the deadline to request a rules clarification.
Scrambler - Ziplock Bag
All eggs must be placed in a plastic sandwich bag provided by the Event Supervisor for the run. Students must make sure that their device is able to accommodate the additional plastic sandwich bag.
Food Science - Calorimeter Update Clarification
To clarify the update regarding Food Science, while there will be no part 2 (rule 3.b.) of the competition, there may be other experiments in this event as specified in part 1 (rule 3.a.).
Mar 22, 2017 Update
Online Sign Up:
ESUS, the online sign up for self-scheduled events, will be opened today starting at noon. If the head coach of the team has not received the login information, the head coach should email firstname.lastname@example.org for this information.
Roller Coaster (Trial) Venue Changed
The venue for Roller Coaster (Trial) has been changed to Polytechnic - Gamble Gym
No Impound for Trial Events
None of the Trial Events will have impound.
Trial Events - Event Supervisors
In order to run the Trial Events, we need additional personnel from teams to serve as the Event Supervisors for these events. Please contact us if your team is able to run one of the trial events. As a token of appreciation, this will replace the parent volunteer assignments for your team.
Each school will receive 3-4 hours of parent volunteer assignment. You can either ask 1 parent volunteer to complete it or 2 parent volunteers to split up the time.
Food Availability on Campus
There will be several food options available during the day on campus:
7 AM - 10 AM: Broad Cafe near the registration and team area will be open with coffee and food items.
9 AM - 3 PM: Chandler Dining Hall on the east side of campus will have grill and other food items available.
11 AM - 8 PM: The Red Store on the east side of campus will be open.
Reminders Regarding Previously Posted Updates
These updates were posted back in September and will be applied to the State Tournament:
- For Helicopters C and Wright Stuff B, eye protection category B (Impact Protection) will be required. All competitors must properly wear eye protection at all times. Competitors without proper eye protection must be immediately informed and given a chance to obtain eye protection if time allows, otherwise not be allowed to compete.
- Fermi Questions C will replace Game On C as one of the official events at the State Tournament. The event score for Fermi Questions will be included as part of the team score. The rules can be found here.
- Food Science B will not have an experimental part where students determine the energy of a food product.
Parent Volunteer Assignments will be coming soon.
Mar 17, 2017 Update
Self-Scheduled Online Sign Up
Thank you for registering your team for the State Tournament in a timely manner. We have emailed the username and password to the head coach of each team yesterday, Thursday, March 16, between 10am and 10:15am. If you're the head coach of the team as registered but did not receive your login information, please email email@example.com.
Changes to Event Venues:
Please note the following event venue changes:
Wright Stuff B and Rubber Powered Airplane C (Trial) are in the Polytechnic School - Scott Gym
Scrambler B and Electric Vehicle C are in the Polytechnic School - Gamble Gym
Wright Stuff B and Helicopters C Venue Dimensions:
Wright Stuff B will take place in Polytechnic School - Scott Gym and the dimensions are: 25 m x 32 m x 9 m high.
Helicopters C will take place in Avery House - Dining Hall Fireplace and the dimensions are: the cleared area for vehicle launch is about 4 meters in diameter and 11 m high. The top down layout is posted at: http://socalscioly.org/downloads/Event%20Room%20Pics/Avery%20Fire%20Place%20Top%20Down.JPG
Event Venue Pictures:
Pictures of the venues for various events will be posted over the next week at http://socalscioly.org/?tab=event&page=venue_pics
A number of you asked about the Trial Events. The Trial Events are chosen by the State Organization and their rules can be found at http://socalscioly.org/?tab=downloads. Any students from your school, including but not limited to the 15 official members, may participate in these events. While wristbands are not needed to participate in these events, these students must still be listed on the team roster and their release forms must be collected at check in the morning of the tournament.
Hosting Campus Location and Parking:
The physical address and map of Caltech and Polytechnic School are listed below:
Caltech: 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91125
Polytechnic School: 1030 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106
Parking is free within Caltech in any of the parking structures (Structure 1 (building 123), Structure 2 (building 124), Structure 3 (building 126), and Structure 4 (building 66)). Please follow all traffic signage posts and do not park in the surface lots and any 24-hour reserved spots. We're getting a permit from City of Pasadena for a location for bus parking.
Note that there are several buildings with similar names:
Beckman Institute Auditorium (building 74) is where Dynamic Planet B/C and Materials Science C take place.
Beckman Auditorium (building 91) is only for the award ceremony.
Dabney Hall (building 40) is where Mission Possible B takes place.
Dabney House (building 58) is not being used by the Science Olympiad.
Gates Annex (building 26) is where Astronomy C, Reach for the Stars B, and Robot Arm C take place.
Gates-Thomas (building 44) is not being used by the Science Olympiad.
Keck Laboratories (building 78) is where Disease Detectives B/C take place.
Keck Center (building 127) is not being used by the Science Olympiad.
Team Staging Area and Morning Check in
We're still in the process of getting a permit from the City of Pasadena to use the two lawns for the team staging areas. We're hoping to provide each team with a 25 ft x 25ft area (blue squares on the maps below) and each team may bring up to two 10 ft x 10 ft tents (red squares on the maps), pending approval. Once the permit has been approved, we will assign teams to an area. Below are the preliminary maps for teams:
Division B: Beckman Lawn: http://socalscioly.org/downloads/Team%20Home%20Base.pdf
Division C: Beckman Mall: http://socalscioly.org/downloads/Team%20Home%20Base.pdf
Coaches check in is immediately east of the Beckman Lawn under the overhang of Beckman Institute.
We understand that some teams were not able to attend the awards ceremony last year due to limited seating during the Div B awards last year. In order to avoid similar issues, all attendees of the awards ceremony will be required to show a wristband of their division. During the morning coaches check in, head coaches will receive up to 15 wristbands of blue (div B) or yellow (div C) for each team depending on the number of students they have. They will also receive in their packet 19 wristbands of purple (div B) or green (div C). Only those with a blue or purple wristband will be admitted into the Div B awards ceremony and only those with a yellow or green wristband will be admitted into the Div C awards ceremony.
The Caltech Bookstore will be open from 8:30am-5:00pm on day the tournament with exclusive Caltech/Science Olympiad merchandise available for purchase. There will be a 20% discount starting now until the day of tournament.
Information regarding food availability and parent volunteer assignments will be provided with the next update.
Mar 13, 2017 Update
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 online. 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):
Please fill out the form sent to the head coach by noon on Wednesday March 15th. 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 California Institute of Technology, and the Polytechnic School 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 8th, 2017 State Science Olympiad program being held on the campus of the California Institute of Technology and Polytechnic School in Pasadena, CA.
You, as the coach for your team, should request from your district/school/risk management office, the insurance coverage for your team's participation in the State Science Olympiad 2017 program.
Insurance Certificate Language: (Certificate of Liability Insurance or Evidence of Coverage Certificate) Certificate Holder:
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 California Institute of Technology, its officers, agents, employees, and volunteers of each of them, and the Polytechnic 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.
If a district has more than one school participating in the upcoming program, one certificate for all the participating schools in a district can be issued providing all of the participating schools are named in the "Certificate of Liability" or "Evidence of Coverage" Certificate that is provided. Please contact Ed Rodevich at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 714=280-2681 if there are questions.
Once completed, you or 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
Science Olympiad, California-South
4321 W. 168th St.
Lawndale, CA 90260
Attn: Peter Hung, Director
Online Sign Up for Self Scheduled Events (Time Sensitive):
We will be using 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/login.php
Division C: http://socalscioly.org/esus/state/c/login.php
Usernames and passwords will be emailed to the head coach of the team on March 15th. If you do not receive the username and password by Thursday, March 16th,
please contact us immediately because the self-scheduled event online sign up will open Wednesday, March 22nd at noon, and will close on Friday, March 31st at 6:00pm.
Please note that you will NOT be able to sign up for these events after March 31st at 6:00pm. For technical issues, please contact Kevin Kha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The available time slots will be ready for your preview and you will not need your username or login information to see this.
Division B available slots: http://socalscioly.org/esus/state/b/slots.php
Division C available slots: http://socalscioly.org/esus/state/c/slots.php
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 times you 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 B: 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 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 setup time, a team that arrives in the middle of the time slot may have their 30 minutes of setup 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. Students will not need wristbands to impound their devices since the impound period is the same as the period when the head-coach checks in to receive their wristbands. However, we are still following the rules that all devices must be impounded by one or more of the 15 official team members. Event Supervisors will not allow parents or adults to impound devices for the team.
Schedule and Team Numbers:
The preliminary schedule is posted on the State web page here and the team numbers are posted here. In order to accommodate the additional time needed to travel between Caltech and Polytechnic School, we have increased the time between events to 20 minutes. 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 there will be 2 trial events in each division this year. The trial events do not count toward the team total but medals will be awarded. The 15 member rule does not apply to the trial events and teams may have up to 4 students from their school participating in these events. These students will not receive or need wristbands but they must fill out all the forms as required for the 15 member teams as well as be listed on the team roster.
Check-in on the Day of the Tournament:
Check-in is scheduled to begin at 7:15 AM on April 8th, 2017. Please arrive on campus at or after 7:00 AM; there is no overnight camping on campus. The city permit for this event does not begin until 7:00AM. Please do not arrive on campus until 7:00AM. The fire marshal will be present to inspect and enforce these regulations. Please follow all directions from the fire marshal and Science Olympiad staff. The head coach of the team should go to the registration area to check in and turn in registration materials. Note that we have moved the registration area to under the Beckman Institute overhang on the west side of the building so that it is closer to the team staging area. The registration materials we're expecting are:
- Final team roster with the name of the students and grade level.
- Release form for all minors: participants, non-participating students, guests of the school who are below 18 years old.
- Release form for all adults: participants, non-participating students, chaperones, parents, coaches, volunteers, and guests of the school who are 18 years old or above.
Team Staging Area:
Based on the feedback from last year, we have secured an additional lawn so that each team has more space for their staging area. The team map will be posted next week. The team staging area is an area to set up a home base during the day. Each team may bring up to two (2) easy-up or canopy and each must not be larger than 10ft x10ft. All shade canopies must be constructed of a flame retardant material and must be tagged indicating compliance. The Fire Marshal may check for these tags and may require that canopies not in compliance be removed.
Per city regulations, each tent must have a minimum of 5ft spacing between neighboring tents and each tent must have a total of 160 lbs anchorage distributed amongst the 4 legs. Please be respectful of neighboring teams. The sidewalks are fire lanes, so please keep the sidewalks clear (including extension cables).
Cooking and any open flames are prohibited due to safety regulations. Under no circumstances should you cook or reheat food during the day.
Emergency Contact Information:
In case of a medical emergency, please call (626) 395-5000 or the extension x5000 if you are using a campus phone. Messages can be emailed or texted to email@example.com from your computer or cellular phone. Campus security works with the city emergency services so that they can be directed to the correct location in the shortest possible time.
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 (15 member team and student participating in the Trial Events) 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. Please make sure you check the National Science Olympiad guidelines at here on who can be on your 15 member team.
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.
Science Olympiad Code and Ethics & General Rules:
Please review with your students and parents the Science Olympiad Code and Ethics & General Rules at http://soinc.org/ethics_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.
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.
Please submit all rules clarification questions by filling out the form at http://socalstatescioly.org/?tab=event&page=submitclarification. The only clarifications we will be following will be the ones posted on http://socalstatescioly.org/?tab=event&page=allclarifications. All clarification questions we answer will be automatically posted on the web page. Please note that the rules clarification form will close Wednesday, March 29th, 5:00pm. All requests after that time will not be answered. All clarifications will be final on Monday, April 3rd, 11:59 PM after which there will not be any more clarifications posted.
Additional information regarding venue dimensions for Wright Stuff and Helicopters, parking and team staging area, food availability and bookstore hours will be coming soon.
Jan 27, 2017 Update
The 2017 Southern California State Science Olympiad Tournament will be on Saturday, April 8, 2017, hosted by Caltech and Polytechnic School. We are excited to be welcomed back to Caltech for the State Tournament and that Polytechnic School will be joining in co-hosting the event! As a reminder, under no circumstances should teams go to the hosting campuses prior to the event to practice or contact the hosting campuses to inquire the possibility of practicing prior to the tournament. We are grateful that they are sharing their facilities with us on the day of the tournament and we expect teams to demonstrate their appreciation by not disturbing the hosting venues prior to the tournament.
Nov 7, 2016 UpdateInvasive Species B/C and Rocks and Minerals B/C
For Invasive Species B/C and Rocks and Minerals B/C, The Southern California State Science Olympiad Tournament will be using only the list published by National Science Olympiad.
Nov 7, 2016 UpdateUpcoming Invitational Tournaments
We 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. We hope that the information below will allow teams to plan ahead in the case that they're interested in participating in any of these Invitational Tournaments.
Ladera Vista Junior High School Invitational (Full)
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Contact: Marlon Barcelona
Location: Ladera Vista Junior High, Fullerton, CA, 1700 E. Wilshire Ave, Fullerton, CA 92831
Ladera Vista Science Olympiad
Kraemer Science Olympiad Invitational
Date: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Contact: Shaun Evola
Location: Kraemer Middle School, 645 N. Angelina drive, Placentia, CA 92870
Kraemer Science Olympiad
Murrieta Valley High School Invitational
Date: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Contact: Mariano Aranda
Location: Murrieta, CA, 42200 Nighhawk Way, Murrieta, CA 92562
Murrieta Valley Science Olympiad
Polytechnic School Invitational
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Contact: Gillian Bush
Location: Polytechnic School, 1030 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106
Polytechnic Science Olympiad
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Division: B and C
Contact: Jenn Collins
Location: Glen A. Wilson High School, 16455 Wedgeworth Drive, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
Mesa Robles Science Olympiad
Troy High School Invitational (Full)
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Contact: Kurt Wahl
Location: Troy High School, 2200 E. Dorothy Lane, Fullerton, CA 92831
Sept 7, 2016 UpdateHelicopter C and Wright Stuff B:
For Helicopter C and Wright Stuff B for all tournaments in Southern California, eye protection category B (Impact protection) will be required. All competitors must properly wear eye protection at all times. Competitors without proper eye protection must be immediately informed and given a chance to obtain eye protection if time allows, otherwise not be allowed to compete.
Sept 2, 2016 Update
The preliminary schedule for the 2017 Southern California State Science Olympiad Tournament has been posted.Fermi Questions C
The Southern California Regional Directors and the State Co-Director have decided to replace Game On C with Fermi Questions C for the 2017 Science Olympiad Regional and State Tournament. Event Rules for Fermi Questions C can be found here. The event score for Fermi Questions will be included as part of the team score.Food Science B
Food Science B will not have an experimental part where students determine the energy of a food product.