2012 Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad Team
Michigan Region 12 Champions
Michigan State Champions
National 3rd Place
Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, and AP Chemistry Teacher
Head Coach of the Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad Team
This is my 23rd year of teaching at Grand Haven High School. My teaching schedule for the third trimester is:
7:40 8:51 1st Chemistry B
8:57 10:08 2nd Chemistry B
10:14 11:28 3rd Planning
11:34 12:45 4th Chemistry B
12:45 1:26 C Lunch
1:26 2:37 5th Chemistry B
Here are some interesting and helpful chemistry web sites. Please take some time to look at them.
World of Chemistry the textbook companion site for Chemistry A and Chemistry B:
Chemistry: Principles and Reactions a textbook companion site for Honors Chemistry A and Honors Chemistry B containing a set of 27 easy-to-use essential videos you can purchase and download to your video iPod or portable video player.
AP Chemistry Course Home Page the official College Board site for AP Chemistry
California State University, Dominguez Hills: Chemistry Electronic Homework - a series of exercises covering 88 different chemistry topics
ChemTutor a very popular site for chemistry help
List of websites for chemistry students another site to direct you to help for specific topics
Avogadro - a site with topic specific information
Web Elements.com - the periodic table on the Web
Periodic Table.com - the photographic periodic table of the elements
The Elements: a song about the elements on the periodic table by Tom Lehrer
ACD Labs: 3-D molecular model creation site: ACD/ChemSketch Freeware (free download)
Atomic Spectra (absorption and emission):
Eric Weissteins World of Science: The most extensive online science encyclopedia:
GRAND HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE OLYMPIAD
This is my 16th year as head coach of the Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad Team and my 23rd year overall working with the GHHS team. The history of our team goes back to 1986. Our team has won 22 regional championships, 16 state championships, and three national championships. We have competed at the National Science Olympiad tournament each of the last 22 years and we have never placed lower than 12th in the nation. In 2012, we finished in first place at the GVSU regional tournament, first place at the Michigan state tournament and third place at the national tournament at the University of Central Florida -Orlando.
2013 Science Olympiad Dates
March 23rd, Michigan Region 12 Science Olympiad Tournament at Grand Valley State University Grand Haven High School First Place
April 27th, Michigan Science Olympiad State Tournament at Michigan State University Grand Haven High School First Place
May 18th, National Science Olympiad Tournament at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
GRAND HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE OLYMPIAD
A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE
What is the Science Olympiad?
(Taken from the National Science Olympiad website)
The Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, training workshops and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state and national tournaments. The Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events that students prepare for during the year. The competitions follow the format of popular board games, TV shows and athletic games. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills and science applications. In addition, during the day there are open house activities that consist of science and mathematics demonstrations, activities and career counseling sessions conducted by professors and scientists at the host institution occurring concurrently with the events.
Many states and regions have organized physics, biology or chemistry Olympiads, but few have combined all disciplines in one large Olympiad. The excitement of many students from all science areas competing and cheering one another on to greater learning caused one school district to coin the phrase "intellete". When they searched for a place to house their newly won Olympiad State Championship trophy, the only location available was outside the principal's office in the "athlete" showcase, so they convinced the school board to build an "intellete" showcase. An intellete is any person who demonstrates outstanding performance in an academic or intellectual pursuit (in this case, science). One of the goals of the Science Olympiad is to elevate science education and learning to a level of enthusiasm and support that is normally reserved only for varsity sports programs.
The Science Olympiad Mission:
To improve the quality of K-12 science education throughout the nation.
The Science Olympiad Vision to accomplish this mission is:
1.To create a passion for learning science by supporting elementary and secondary Science Olympiad tournaments at building, district, county, state and national levels with an emphasis on teamwork and a commitment to excellence.
2.To improve the quality of K-12 science education throughout the nation to change the way science is perceived and the way it is taught (with an emphasis on problem solving skills and hand-on, minds-on constructivist learning practices). This goal is accomplished through in-depth core curriculum training workshops and the distribution of curriculum materials to thousand of teachers.
3.To celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievement of both students and teachers in the areas of science and technology by awarding thousand of certificates, medals and scholarships.
4.To promote partnerships among community, businesses, industry, government and education. There are over 45,000 volunteers representing these groups at the Science Olympiad events.
5.To improve and restructure the way science is taught and learned by conducting staff development and curriculum development workshops.
The specific purposes of the Science Olympiad Tournaments are:
1.To bring science to life, to show how science works, to emphasize problem solving aspects of science and the understanding of science concepts.
2.To develop teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students.
3.To make science education more exciting so more students will enroll in science courses and engage in other science activities like science reading, fairs, meetings and field trips.
4.To promote high levels of achievement and a commitment to excellence, to demonstrate that American students can perform at levels that surpasses expectations of even practicing scientists and engineers.
5.To attract more students particularly females and minorities to professional and technical careers in science, technology and science teaching.
Science Olympiad and Grand Haven High School
The first Science Olympiad team at Grand Haven High School was in 1986. No one knew how big Science Olympiad would become at Grand Haven High School. The 1986 team won first place in their first regional tournament, and as the saying goes, the rest is history. Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad teams have won tournaments at the regional, state, and national levels. In fact, the Grand Haven High School teams have won 22 regional tournaments (the last 9 in a row), 16 state tournaments (the last 8 in a row and the most of any high school team in Michigan), and three national tournaments as well as having five second place finishes and two third place finishes and three fourth place finishes at the national tournament (that is, 13 top four finishes in 22 consecutive years of competing at the national tournament). Science Olympiad teams from Grand Haven High School have competed in 22 consecutive national tournaments and have an average place of just over 4.7 against teams from across the United States. Very few high school Science Olympiad teams in the country can match the record compiled by the Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad teams.
What does it take to be part of the Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad Team?
To be part of the best Science Olympiad team in the state and one of the best teams in the country takes many hours of study and preparation. We are looking for students who can dedicate and commit to putting all of their efforts into making the Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad team the best team. We are looking for students who have a great interest in science and technology and have excellent academic preparation. We need students who are self-motivated, responsible, honest, mature, and have a thirst for knowledge. We need students who can follow directions easily and who can work well with others.
Students on the Science Olympiad team spend at least one hour per week with a coach and the other team members for each academic event in which they are practicing. Outside studying is a necessity for success in Science Olympiad. Students must learn as much as they can about their events in a short amount of time. Practices begin in December and go until the end of the national tournament. The regional tournament is normally held at the end of March at Grand Valley State University. The state tournament is normally held at the end of April at Michigan State University. The national tournament is usually held the third Saturday of May at a different university around the country each year.
For more information about the Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad team please contact Mr. Reed, the head coach of the Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad team, at 616-850-6245 or e-mail at email@example.com
Regional Tournament Results
State Tournament Results
National Tournament Results
1991 1st 393 points
1992 1st 417 points
1993 1st 411 points
1994 1st 426 points
1995 1st 444 points
1996 1st 435 points
1997 1st 388 points
1998 2nd 411 points
1999 1st 435 points
2000 2nd 419 points
2001 1st 104 points
2002 1st 105 points
2003 1st 118 points
2004 3rd 101 points
2005 1st 64 points
2006 1st 68 points
2007 1st 59 points
2008 1st 67 points
2009 1st 98 points
2010 1st 85 points
2011 1st 43 points
2012 1st 66 points
2013 1st 60 points
1991 2nd 315 points
1992 2nd 316 points
1993 2nd 285 points
1994 2nd 341 points
1995 1st 395 points
1996 1st 369 points
1997 1st 386 points
1998 2nd 332 points
1999 1st 547points
2000 1st 556 points
2001 2nd 245 points
2002 1st 223 points
2003 1st 196 points
2004 1st 161 points
2005 2nd 185 points
2006 1st 124 points
2007 1st 118 points
2008 1st 169 points
2009 1st 180 points
2010 1st 116 points
2011 1st 85 points
2012 1st 136 points
2013 1st 159 points
1991 10th 78 points
1992 8th 75 points
1993 1st 106 points
1994 1st 345 points
1995 4th 306 points
1996 2nd 390 points
1997 1st 367 points
1998 4th 618 points
1999 4th 575 points
2000 6th 625 points
2001 9th 437 points
2002 9th 438 points
2003 12th 418 points
2004 2nd 311 points
2005 7th 397 points
2006 2nd 212 points
2007 3rd 251 points
2008 6th 321 points
2009 2nd 205 points
2010 2nd 212 points
2011 6th 293 points
2012 3rd 235 points