Elementary grades 3-5


Central Texas Science Team Elementary Club

CTST is passionate about sparking kids’ passions and confidence in science and in actively doing science with plenty of labs and hands-on experiments. Our students never say, “I’d like to do this, but I’m no good at science.” The girls on our teams are just as likely to jump in as the boys. We enjoy learning about the world, trying new things and getting messy while learning scientific concepts.

For homeschool students who would be in grades 3-5, we offer a non-competitive club environment, where we challenge one another and ourselves.

Activities are from the Science Olympiad Elementary Club Lesson Plans and are designed to introduce students to the skills needed for critical scientific thinking.

The 2017-2018 schedule includes anatomy, aerodynamics, music and sound waves, circuitry, thermodynamics, measurement (metric), pond study, rocks and minerals, and more!

We wrap up the year with a science pentathlon! Think Science nerd field day, mixing scientific questions commonly found in Science Olympiad challenges and physical tasks of physics all while carrying a water balloon. Fun is guaranteed.

Location: VFW Oak Hill: 7614 Thomas Springs Rd

To join the team in 2018, contact us to let us know you’re interested. Meetings are held every other week so we’ll let you know which week we’ll be meeting.

Parental Commitment:

1. Ensure your student attends Club gatherings regularly (2x per month which usually = 6 times a semester)

2 .Stay and assist as needed during club time. – this is not a drop off program

3. Lead one science activity – lesson plans available or bring your own

4. Attend at least one science competition (chose from Fall or Spring – or do both) to cheer on the CTST middle and high school teams and experience the excitement, the creativity and team spirit of the competition.

2018 Spring Schedule

January 8:  Cool It:  Engineering design challenge.  Students construct a container with materials provided to prevent an ice cube form melting.  The ice cube is placed in a baggie.  At the end of 30 minutes the “melted water” is measured and the team with the smallest amount of melted water wins.

January 22:  Metric Mastery:  Students will practice estimating and measuring using the metric system the standardized system used in science.  The students will engage metric measurements of temperature, mass, length, and volume with the appropriate tools.

February 12:  Free Topic – parent’s choice

February 26:  Rock Hound:  Students will examine and learn how to evaluate rocks and minerals through various testing methods.  They will create a chart.  Afterwards they will use the chart to solve an identification challenge similar to a Science Olympiad competition.  Students are often allowed to take notes into completion with specific guidelines.

March 12:  No meeting – Spring Break

March 26:  Pond Study:  Students will explore pond ecology including methods utilized by scientist to determine the health status of a pond.  They will become familiar with animals, plants and ecosystems of pond life.  Macroinvertebrates populations in healthy versus polluted ponds will be evaluated.  Students will also test water samples for pH, nitrates, and nitrites.

April 9: Pentathlon:  Think Science nerd field day!  Mixing scientific questions commonly found in Science Olympiad challenges and physical tasks of physics all while carrying a water balloon – and the fun is guaranteed.

Science Olympiad State Competition for middle and high school teams – Build event on Friday – date to be determined usually in late April; location to be determined usually at a university within 2 hours of Austin.

April 23 or May 7 OPEN HOUSE for the next school year