Resources

In our ongoing quest to help the larger homeschooling community learn about science, here are some of our favorite science-related resources.

Science Olympiad Resources

The Science Olympiad organization (Sci-oly) provides peer-driven resources for students organized by event. http://scioly.org

SOinc is the official site of Science Olympiad and is the source for training materials and event information. http://soinc.org

Science Olympiad TV is a YouTube channel featuring information on Sci-oly events. https://www.youtube.com/user/ScienceOlympiadTV

Texas Science Olympiad information from Texas A & M, which has information about the state level events and information about the competitions being held in Texas http://outreach.science.tamu.edu/scienceolympiad.php

Online Learning Resources

You’ve heard about Coursera, right? Well, there are many many more programs you can use (many free of charge) to learn more about anything, including science.

Khan Academy offers thousands of instructor-lead lessons on academic subjects for free. Materials begin at an introductory level and often move on to very advanced subjects. Learners can log into the platform and search for subjects they are interested in, or follow a curriculum with pre-assigned courses. https://khanacademy.org

Saylor Academy offers some highschool-level courses on biology, physics, chemistry and more. https://learn.saylor.org/

Coursera partners with top universities and organizations to offer courses online. https://www.coursera.org/

The Open Learning Initiative offers online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach. Their goal is to combine open, high-quality courses, continuous feedback, and research to improve learning and transform higher education. Programs are offered through different schools including:

Carnegie Mellon: http://oli.cmu.edu/

Stanford http://oli.stanford.edu/

edX, founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. http://edx.org

Science NetLinks provides information for students in grades K-12 from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) http://sciencenetlinks.com/

Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from preschool to university, including professional training and informal learning. http://wikiversity.org/

TED Ed turns TED Talks into educational lesson plans. https://ed.ted.com/lessons

OpenPediatrics courses https://www.openpediatrics.org/learning/

The New York Times links science and math news of the day to topics students should learn more about. https://www.nytimes.com/spotlight/learning-science-math

FutureLearn offers free online courses from top universities and cultural institutions. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses

General Science Websites

Science News from The Society for Science and the Public https://www.sciencenews.org/ and Science News Magazine https://www.sciencenews.org/magazine/archive

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. http://www.nas.edu and the Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences http://www.pnas.org/

Science Daily latest science research news https://www.sciencedaily.com/

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAShttp://www.aaas.org/ 

ScienceStage is an online portal for the advanced teaching of science and scientific research http://sciencestage.com/

ScienceAlert https://www.sciencealert.com/

NASA provides videos on many space-related topics including Mars, Space Science, Life Science and more. https://www.nasa.gov/education/resources

Science Learning Hub from New Zealand features thousands of articles, videos, and lessons on science-related topics. https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/ NEW!

The Physics Classroom is a free online website primarily for beginning physics students by physics teacher Ted Henderson NEW! http://www.physicsclassroom.com/

PHYZARDRY is a free online website that provides terrific resources on physics-related subjects including optics, thermodynamics, astronomy, electricity, mechanics, and precalculus. NEW! http://www.phyzardry.com

Drawing Related Resources

Science isn’t just about numeric data and words. Visuals can often help convey complicated concepts and insights. One of the 2017-2018 SciOly events for middle schoolers is Picture This.

Here are some resources we have found to be useful in learning to convey information visually:

Diane Bleck is a gifted artist who founded the Doodle Institute. Although she’s closing this version of the institute next June, in the meantime she’s offering free courses. https://doodleinstitute.mykajabi.com/

On Diane’s Facebook page there are many free videos of her classes, which are terrific and very educational. https://www.facebook.com/thedoodleinstitute/  She also does live classes for free, broadcast using the Periscope App, that she mentions on her FB page.

Terrific article from Diane on the benefits of drawing:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/importance-doodling-diane-bleck-6070666934494519296/

In addition, one of our coaches, Marcia Conner, has a board on Pinterest of her favorite sketching resources and inspirations: https://www.pinterest.com/marciaconner/sketchnotes/

The New York Times has a new section called What’s Going on In This Graph that provides both terrific ways to convey information visually and an indepth look at how to analyze information. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/learning/announcing-a-new-monthly-feature-whats-going-on-in-this-graph.html

The Math of Science Resources

Check out http://crypto.interactive-maths.com/ to find encrypting and decrypting methods for ciphers.

A great place to practice monoalphabetic ciphers is https://www.cryptograms.org/ There is also a tutorial with some basic methods used to solve cryptograms.

Anatomy, Physiology, Epidemiology and Disease-related Resources

National Eye Institute For Kids website provides a variety of fun learning tools for elementary age kids about the human eye, ranging from optical illusions to video interviews with scientists. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Museum (CDC)
Middle school, high school

The Center for Disease Control provides online resources including interactive learning opportunities for students and creatively gives a deeper look in the world of science. Learn about microbiology, infectious diseases or become a food detective and learn about different types of bacteria. The CDC’s Teacher Roadmap provides lesson plans, training materials, and more to teach a 12-week course on public health science. The resources are available for online viewing or PDF downloads.

News about Molecular Genetics is often in the news these days. Here are some of the reports that have made the news.

Study and Test Taking Resources

Quizlet is an online learning tool that also contains many teams’ science olympiad study sets http://quizlet.com

Science Olympiad Competition Prep Resources

Although some events change each year, the general event categories are similar each year. We’ve organized these resources by type of event.

LIFE, PERSONAL & SOCIAL SCIENCE

Anatomy + Physiology. The Golden Gate Resource Center (GGRC) provides insights on preparing for the A+P event.
Designer Genes (C) and Heredity (B). Colin Barber, the author of the Designer Genes and Heredity rules, offers some tips on how to prepare for the events.
Disease Detectives (B&C). Epidemiology study tips from The Golden Gate Resource Center. Also, the CDC glossary of epidemiologic vocabulary terms. How statistics are used in Disease Detectives events.
Entomology. Various insect guides to study for Entomology events. DiscoverLife1 – DiscoverLife2 – EntemologyDept1 – EntemologyDept2What Bug Is This?Biodiversity CountsBug Guide
Herpetology (B&C)
Water Quality (B&C)

EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE

Astronomy (C) and Solar System (B). Golden Gate Resource Center provides how to prep for studying the sky. Solar System reference guide.

Dynamic Planet (B&C)
Fossils (B&C)
GeoLogic Mapping (C)
Meteorology (B)
Road Scholar (B)

PHYSICAL SCIENCE & CHEMISTRY

Chemistry Lab (C)
Circuit Lab (B&C)
Crime Busters (B) & Forensics (C)
Density Lab (B)
Potions and Poisons (B)
Protein Modeling (C)
Sounds of Music (C)
Thermodynamics (B&C)

TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING

Battery Buggy (B)
Boomilever (B&C)
Elastic Launched Gliders (B)
Mission Possible (C)
Mousetrap Vehicle (C)
Roller Coaster (B)
Wright Stuff (C)

INQUIRY & NATURE OF SCIENCE

Codebusters. The Golden Gate Resource Center (GGRC) provides cipher and code-breaking resources.
Experimental Design (B&C)
Fermi Questions (C)
Game On (B)
Mystery Architecture (B)
Write It Do It (B&C)

More Competition Prep Resources

The following are specific resources to help prep for the questions you’ll be asked.

See what years your event has run previously.

https://www.soinc.org/learn/event-history

SCIOLY now has 2 areas where there are old tests available.
From their homepage, you can go to Test Exchange.

https://scioly.org/wiki/index.php/2019_Test_Exchange

There is also a test archive from previous years

https://scioly.org/wiki/index.php/Test_Exchange_Archive

And an index of all things related to shared tests.

https://scioly.org/wiki/index.php/Category:Test_Exchange

For those of us in Texas, UT 2019 Regionals Tests/Keys

https://drive.google.com/open?id=15a1YDspbn97sh77AIqCHz6DCM6e0TyE9

Old tests/keys from UT’s invitationals and regionals going back to 2014.

https://utexas.app.box.com/s/5ckx9zggsh1bxoveurb7jsbymsu8zod6

2019 Cobra International (Middle School in Michigan) Div B

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1DKWyV3LQQmCm-r-pl-4B3z_DFG9kYekR

2019 MIT’s Invitational (Div C)

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1p23UjfzgDuSONOE9DtUlrulLrNeFUm9z

University of Michigan’s Invitational (Div C)

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_63CTy4s5e2Kf6ncg1G-T3a1cYdL58tB