The Austin Homeschool Science League is a Science Olympiad competitive team for students in Travis and Hays counties.
"I like being surrounded by ambitious people who all share an interest in the world of science. I never feel like an outsider for being a 'nerd' in this group. Intellectual curiosity is encouraged in this environment, and team members openly engage in intellectual discussion."
"I love that participating in this team and Science Olympiad has drastically furthered my knowledge, and has ultimately led me to pursue a career in biological sciences. I love the personal victory and challenge I get for competing, and I love competing with a team."
Science Olympiad is invigorating and awesome fun (seriously - what better way to study water quality than to kayak down Town Lake taking water samples...). Our science team members love science (obviously) and love to compete and challenge themselves. They have a really great time bickering about science (or rather having lively discussions about science topics), socializing at get-togethers outside of team meetings, preparing for competitions, racing down hallways at
competitions leaping over competitors who are hunched over their studies like track hurdles. It's a great mix of academics, sports, debate, and movie/game nights, lake outings, city outings. Did I mention a lot of social outings?
At ages which it can be hard to find other high schoolers to befriend, science team has proven to be a most wonderful source of friends and community.
If your child participates in science team, he or she may experience
the some of these side effects:
* a glorious transcript
* improved scholarship potential
* frequent and exciting internships
* impressive knowledge of science-related factoids
* a tight-knit supportive community of friends
* opportunities in the field of science
* better understanding of science careers
* networking opportunities with science professionals who come to speak
* leadership opportunities
* enhanced student government skills
* increased confidence
* public speaking and presentation practice
Who: Students in middle and high school
When: Middle school meets Mondays, 2:45-3:45. Highschool meets Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30.
Where: VFW Oak Hill Branch (7614 Thomas Springs Rd, Austin, 78736)
Contact: Shannon Rizzo, cell 512-900-0497 and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AHSL Team Information:
We meet weekly (Monday afternoons at the VFW) to prepare for events and to discuss current science news. We will have regular presentations by our own team members and by members of the local science community, and will go on field trips throughout the year.
Our high school team is student governed and run. AHSL is a co-op, with important decisions discussed and finalized among the team. There is an emphasis on gathering collective wisdom to continually improve upon our process.
The high school team provides regular mentorship to the middle school team, both for specific event preparation and for related science event foundational information. Parents provide mentorship through helping our students improve their organizational and study skills and also serving as points of contact for specific events within the team. This volunteer role does not require science experience.
Parents may bring siblings, although participation in science team is limited to middle and high school students. There is space inside and outside for parents to accompany younger siblings in play and exploration.
High school team members may be dropped off. Parents are expected to stay with the middle school team.
National Science Olympiad website and information:
With 28 science topics spread among build, lab, and study events,
there is an exciting array of events to appeal to competitors. A
sampling of events include: Anatomy and Physiology, Fossils,
Astronomy, Chemistry Lab, Disease Detectives, Experimental Design,
Forensics, Bungee Drop, Entomology, Cell Biology, Wright Stuff, and
Write It Do It.
Texas Science Olympiad website:
The Austin Homeschool Science League is a Science Olympiad team for students grades 6-12 in the Travis and Hays counties.
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