Youth Development

MACOMB SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

  • Roseville, MI
  • www.macombso.org

Mission Statement

To inspire the next generation of scientists, doctors and engineers.

We do this through a format of "science as sport" which creates a passion for learning science, with an emphasis on teamwork and a commitment to excellence, and by recognizing and celebrating the outstanding achievement of students.

Main Programs

  1. Science Olympiad

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Service Areas

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Michigan

MSO hosts two major tournaments serving Macomb and St. Clair County: one for elementary students, and another for secondary students. Approximately 2000 students, accompanied by family and school faculty attend these tournaments; in total, nearly 4000 people in total.

MSO provides training and workshops for coaches and students, in partnership with other local organizations. Many parents are involved as event coaches; this provides a great opportunity for them to become directly involved in the child's education. Students prepare and practice specific skills for months in preparation for the annual tournaments.

ruling year

2005

President since 2013

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Jody Saccoia

Keywords

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Youth, Science, Math, Engineering, Technology, STEM, Education, Volunteer

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EIN

38-3581977

 Number

2426600886

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Macomb Science Olympiad reaches about 2000 students every year, providing an exciting venue for them to reach beyond their grade level, get excited about science, and feel the satisfaction of being recognized for their achievement.

We provide services and resources to team coaches and students to help them be more successful, including workshops on how to run a team, how to coach an event, and targeted to specific events among the 62 events that run each year across all three divisions.

Through some of our great sponsors, we offer experiences which help High School students explore potential careers, at a time when they are researching and making important choices about college.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is a team competition that requires knowledge of science topics and engineering skills. It captures the kind of interest, enthusiasm, and commitment for science that is typical of athletic programs.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Budget

$54,540.00

Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of participants engaged in programs

Target Population
Children and youth (0-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
Science Olympiad
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Each Elementary registered team typically has 16 students; each Secondary Team typically has 15 students. Some teams have many more members, which are not tracked, or reported here.

2. Rank finish of Macomb Science Olympiad teams in the State tournament

Target Population
Children and youth (0-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
Science Olympiad
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Historically, Macomb has sent 5 middle school and 5 high school teams to the State tournament. Reported here are the sum total rank of all those 10 teams. A lower sum total is better.

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The goals of Macomb Science Olympiad are to:
    - Create a passion for learning science
    - Instill the habits of teamwork, problem-solving and a commitment to excellence
    - Recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievement of students
    - Attract more students to professional and technical careers in science, technology, engineering and math
    - Provide volunteer opportunities for professionals to work with students in the area of their expertise.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The two Science Olympiad tournaments that we host each year are our primary deliverable and are an ongoing activity from year to year. All other activities throughout the year support the recruitment, mentoring, and training of coaches and students who participate in those tournaments.
    In preparation for the tournaments, we provide instruction and guidance to support coaches and students; acquiring the materials to support studying and building is part of the learning process and is left to the individual teams. Question and answer sessions are scheduled with Event Supervisors to support team head coaches. Workshops targeted to specific events are offered to students and coaches to help them prepare for competition.
    On tournament day, our objective is to provide a well-organized, fun and exciting day for the students. The students compete in 16 events at the Elementary level, and 46 events at the Secondary level.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Macomb Science Olympiad is celebrating its 30th year of serving the youth and families of our community.

    We are a 100% volunteer organization, and bring together hundreds of volunteers throughout the season to deliver a world-class extra-curricular program. See our website for examples of the many services and resources that we offer.

    We are led by a core of about two dozen highly-committed and experienced individuals who are committed to inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, doctors and teachers who will be leaders of tomorrow.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We believe that we can influence students' attitudes and interests by providing these opportunities at a young age. About 50% of the participants in our program are girls, a very high percentage when compared to the gender split of 20% females of those who receiving math, computer or engineering college degrees.
    Learning teamwork is crucial because most events require pairs of students to work together, study together and compete together. An event team who can't cooperate won't do well.
    The events in Science Olympiad are structured to give students positive experiences in mastering and memorizing subject above their grade level, learning laboratory skills related to specific subjects, and designing and building devices that challenge their ability to apply engineering principles.
    The awards and recognition that MSO provides is a tangible way that students experience the rewards of their efforts. And if you've been to one of our awards ceremonies you would know what celebration is about!
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    At the Elementary level, our tournament has grown to serve 80 teams, which is the maximum capacity of any facility in Macomb County. We are also replicating our capability, by launching a new tournament in 2015 to serve the neighboring counties of Wayne and Oakland. They continue to depend on our resources and have grown to 80% of the size of our program already!

    At the Secondary level we serve about 40 teams, and are always recruiting new schools to participate. We offer experiences through two of our sponsors, General Motors and BAE Systems, to learn more about potential careers in engineering.

    At all levels we review our performance annually, and search for ways to improve the quality of our program. For instance, we are implementing a new registration system which will streamline work for us and for coaches. We are exploring the concept of setting up a volunteer network, to connect professionals with teams who need help with event coaching.

    There are still many schools in our community who do not participate (about 50%), and we strive to attract their interest in this great program.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Michigan

MSO hosts two major tournaments serving Macomb and St. Clair County: one for elementary students, and another for secondary students. Approximately 2000 students, accompanied by family and school faculty attend these tournaments; in total, nearly 4000 people in total.

MSO provides training and workshops for coaches and students, in partnership with other local organizations. Many parents are involved as event coaches; this provides a great opportunity for them to become directly involved in the child's education. Students prepare and practice specific skills for months in preparation for the annual tournaments.

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President

Jody Saccoia

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BOARD CHAIR

Jody Saccoia

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