Many Changes with 2019 Missouri Science Olympiad!
Hello to everyone! Welcome to another year of Science Olympiad.
Our season will officially begin this year on September 4th (because of the weekend and the Labor Day weekend).
We have some major changes this year which are highlighted below:
We will have a new management website which is designed for Science Olympiad and specific to Missouri’s regions and state. Please visit the page, statescioly.org/mo to create a login. Everyone will need to create a username and password. There is a link to basic directions below on on how to maneuver the website.
Some of advantages to this management site is the fact that everything is done on the website including, registration, scheduling of the events for regionals and state, uploading documents from directors and from the coaches. There is transparency in what has been done, and coaches can now check to make sure they have uploaded everything they need to without wonder if something has been received. Coaches can also sign up for free to use the site for running their teams at the school.
Payment for registration can be made through the site via PayPal and credit card via the software. If you are still paying by PO and need invoicing, you will register and upload your PO to the site and then an invoice will be sent as before. If you are just sending a check, your registration will not be processed until we receive the check.
Another major difference in the software is that the software encompasses a scoresheet that allows the scoring to be done as it is at the State and National level and it will be scored consistently across all regionals and state. This scoring considers some of the issues that have caused problems and confusion in the past.
This is a new process and technology so there will be growing pains, but please email if you need help or find a problem at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will help you through it.
Our second most important change this year is the addition of a State Tournament Director. After years of running the State Science Olympiad and also the state tournament, I am transitioning away from the state tournament (although I will be there) and concentrating on the day to day running of the State Science Olympiad. You will be getting notifications through the new software from Greg Spiegel, who is now our State Tournament Director. He is also the regional director from Region 3 and has agreed to take on the enormous task of the State tournament. All questions and communication should go through Greg. I will be the go to if there can be no resolution at the State Tournament Director level, giving an additional layer of hierarchy to the arbitration and problem solving for the State of Missouri.
Probably the biggest question I have had from everyone is whether or not we will have enough teams to qualify 2 teams to advance to nationals from Missouri. Last year, for the first time in our history, we did not have enough registrations to qualify two teams. For everyone’s information, we must have enough registrations to be in the 10 ten registrations in the US. Every region allows up to 2 teams from each school at the regional level, with the exception of Region 7 who allows 3 teams per region. Our count goes until the last regional registration is closed, so everyone counts.
Good luck this year and and we will see you at the end!!!
Patty Palmietto, State Director
Missouri Science Olympiad