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  1. Okay I have heard about science fairs, math competitions, Latin exams, speech and debate tournaments and speech contests, but other than Odyssey of the Mind, what other engineering competitions are there?
  2. Many math problems (with solutions) from the Intermediate Math League of Eastern Massachusetts (for middle school students) are at http://imlem.org/meetdoc/index.htm , in the areas of geometry, number theory, arithmetic, and algebra. I am interested in other sources of contest problems.
  3. I thought it might be good to make a listing of exams, competitions and olympiads that middle schoolers are eligible to participate in. AMC math competitions AMC 8 Exam date in November Exploratory Latin Exam Register NLT March; administer exam by April 1. National Latin Exam (for more advanced Latin students than the ELE) National Mythology Exam Register by January; administer exam Feb-Mar. North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad Geared to high school students, but accepts middle school students too. Please add on others that you are familiar with.
  4. Scratching my head on this one… My family just got back from an unexpected trip to see a sick relative. We were housed at the last minute with some family we hardly ever see. It was a nice trip considering the circumstances. While we were there for a week, the dad (masters degree in engineering) was knee-deep in a Science Olympiad project “with†his daughter. He showed it to us, demonstrated it to us, tinkered with it every spare minute, and every time I went to use the computer, he was watching videos on how to improve it. After a couple of days, I made a comment to my dh that I hadn’t seen his daughter do hardly anything with it. She came home from school, did her homework, and dad showed her “his†improvements to it. Anyway, we get an email today with all of their excitement about how she won first place and is going to nationals in Florida. My dh and I are excited for them, but we both commented on how the dad seemed to have done everything. Is anyone else doing the Science Olympiad? How much help do these students get?
  5. ...homeschoolers. I'm not sure if this has already been done? I'd like to show my girls some of the opportunities out there for things like this. I don't care if it's writing, history, science, or art... it's all new to me. Do your kids participate in things like this? Links? Thoughts? Swellmomma just turned me on to these two mythology exams: http://www.etclassics.org/nme.html http://www.medusaexam.org/ Educate me! :D :lurk5:
  6. My kids are finishing up an essay for an essay contest and seem to be more invested in this writing goal than many of the other writing tasks that I've given them in the last couple of years. My mil is part of the DAR, which has an annual essay contest. She mentioned that there was only one submission to their chapter (which therefore earned the prize for the chapter) and that this essay was the only submission to the state level from their entire section of the state. So I'm thinking that some more frequent essay contest writing might be a good thing for my kids to work with. It gives them a little bit of a break from their other writing and requires them to communicate something on a controlled topic (which seems a good prep for high school, college and testing writing requirements). The VFW has a Patriots Pen Essay Writing contest. I found a list of 10 varied contests at about.com DAR essay contest info from 2010-11 contest. Check your local chapters for info on this year's contest. It looks like this runs in the fall. German Information Center USA (an extension of the German embassy in the US) essay contest (Again this is last year's announcement. They tend to announce in late March and have a deadline in mid April, so it is short fused. This contest is open to a wider range with groupings for 3-12 grade.) I'm sure this is just scratching the surface of the contests out there and that there are even more if you consider state and local contests or contests related to industries or commemorations. Please add to this list if you know of others.
  7. My son (6th grader this fall) is interested in participating in a math competition of some sort. I've looked at websites for both MATHCOUNTS and Math Olympiads--both seem to be active in my state. Can anybody demystify the world of math competition for me? What are the primary differences between MATHCOUNTS and Math Olympiads, and which would you recommend for a first-time participant? Would you recommend that my son compete as an individual or should we try to assemble a team? I'd greatly appreciate your opinions and advice.
  8. Hi! For those of you who were accepted to MIt, could you please share what you did for science and math? My 7th grader wants to go there and I want to get on the right track. What tests did you take, books used, competitions? I figure if we map out a plan now and it looks good for them, then it will probably do just well for our state schools. I know we need to get on some math teams but not sure where to go with that. The area I'm in will involve me doing all the set up for that. But... please share if you don't mind Thanks
  9. What tips do you have for finding teams for things like First Lego League or Odyssey of the Mind? We're totally new in the area and we've already missed competing this year. I'm sort of at a loss for how to find teams like this that would welcome homeschoolers. I'd be willing to volunteer, but would rather not reinvent the wheel.
  10. Dh and I are going to be coaching a FIRST LEGO League team again this year. We will not be joining the local homeschool team and working with them for various reasons. So we have the opportunity to start over from scratch. So, we plan to make some major changes to the structure of the team. The primary change will be that it is no longer going to be exclusive to homeschool students. With that in mind, and since we will have some kids on this team that are returning from our team last year, what type of expectations would you want to have in place for behavior and participation? Last year there were ISSUES. The HS group that we were a part of kept the kids coming to large group meetings for a solid month before breaking up the teams. Other issues were that the boys who participated didn't do equal amounts of work. Several were more like saboteurs. The boys on the team last year will be given the chance to join this team, with the possible exception of one who is 12. He would pull the whole group up to the upper age division, which might not be a bad thing... there seemed to be less cheating in that age group. So, if you have coached an academic group, what advice do you have for starting over with this group.
  11. For those who are interested in math teams, my son's coach told us about this situation today: http://www.hslda.org/docs/news/201008230.asp I see nothing official about why homeschoolers were banned (after 20 years) and then partially un-banned, but ds's coach suggested it had to do with homeschool teams having kids from all different school districts. He laughed about teachers having thousands of high school students to choose from, while he has 5 high schoolers on his team right now, and yet he "gets to choose" from all the districts. :) I know some on these boards do the math team thing, and I just had to share a little vent :rant: Julie
  12. We've participated in MathCounts in several years as a homeschool group. Yesterday our MathCount's coaches wife informed us of the following : "I received this message through the Howard County Math List today: Unfortunately, the rules for homeschools have changed for the upcoming program year and homeschoolers will no longer be able to combine with other homeschoolers to form a team. All participating homeschoolers must now register and compete as individuals only. The official rule is listed below for your reference: Homeschools in compliance with the homeschool laws of the state in which they are located are eligible to participate in MATHCOUNTS competitions as individuals only and in accordance with all other rules. Homeschool coaches must complete an affidavit verifying that students from the homeschool are in the sixth, seventh or eighth grade and that the homeschool complies with applicable state laws. Completed affidavits must be submitted to the local coordinator prior to competition. Please don't hesitate to contact me should you have any further questions. Chris" Chris Bright Program Manager MATHCOUNTS Foundation Phone: 703-299-9006 x 104 Fax: 703-299-5009 chris@mathcounts.org For those of you that have, or have had, kids in MC, this is a terrible blow for homeschoolers. Please if you feel lead contact Chris Bright, other board members or even sponsors to express your concern and disappointment. Amazingly, this information is not on the MathCounts website! Thanks! Sangita dd(14),dd(12),dd(9),ds(6)
  13. I'm trying to put together a list of academic competitions/test programs that homeschool kids might get involved in. Just starting off, I can think of: Scripps Spelling Bee National Geographic Geography Bee Odyssey of the Mind Lego Robotics League National Latin Exam I know there must be dozens more... can you add to my list of possibilities? Thank you!
  14. I was looking at their site, and I don't get it. My ds would take the AMC 8, but I would hope he would score well enough to take the AMC 10 this year. He is only in 8th grade, but he is accelerated in math.
  15. Is there a central spot where I can find a list of these kinds of tests or exams? My eldest is in middle school, but I see even now that there are some competitions that he could participate in (at least the math one), and I'm hoping there will be some he can physically take from here (and not be residing in the US). Any suggestions other than math (or Latin), or places where I could browse possibilities? tia!
  16. My daughter just took the National Mythology Exam, which I learned about from this board. She LOVED doing it! She is in 6th grade, but I also have an 8th grader. I searched the board using contests/exams but didn't find any threads. Could we start a thread of known National exams and contests that home schoolers might choose to participate in, please? Here's mine... http://www.etclassics.org/ This is the link for the National Mythology Exam. They send you a study guide which is quite easy to follow and if your student gets 100% correct, they get a "gold" medal. Thanks and blessings, Julie in MO PS...if there has already been a thread on this, and I just couldn't find it, feel free to kindly refer me to it via this thread. :001_smile:
  17. I'm trying to put together a list of academic competitions/test programs that homeschool kids might get involved in. Just starting off, I can think of: Scripps Spelling Bee National Geographic Geography Bee Odyssey of the Mind Lego Robotics League National Latin Exam I know there must be dozens more... can you add to my list of possibilities? Thank you!
  18. MATHCOUNTS Reinstates Homeschool Teams for Upcoming Year August 23, 2010 On Tuesday, August 17, MATHCOUNTS, a prestigious foundation dedicated to the encouragement of math among middle school students, announced a ban on homeschoolers competing as teams. Banning homeschool teams from the annual competition program was a shock to the homeschool community because MATHCOUNTS had allowed homeschoolers to compete as teams for the past 20 years. HSLDA, as well as many homeschoolers, contacted MATHCOUNTS to express our concerns about the new policy. After a phone conversation between HSLDA and MATHCOUNTS, an agreement was reached to have a face-to-face meeting on Friday, August 20. The main result of the meeting was a temporary change in policy which allows homeschool teams who participated in last year’s competition to be grandfathered in and allowed to compete again in this year’s program. This is a welcome change, because many homeschool teams are already busy preparing for this year’s competition. HSLDA appreciates the quick response from MATHCOUNTS. It should be noted that MATHCOUNTS does not intend to discriminate against homeschoolers. However, the organization faced a growing number of problems that caused difficulties for its program. We understand that the revised policy does limit some homeschoolers, but MATHCOUNTS has committed to work with HSLDA, and homeschoolers, to find a long-term solution to this problem. We can assure you that MATHCOUNTS has heard your concerns and is willing to make a good faith effort to reach a solution which is fair to everyone. At this time we do not believe it is necessary to make any more phone calls to MATHCOUNTS. HSLDA appreciates and applauds MATHCOUNTS’ work in creating a fun way to get students involved in math. We have heard many stories of students beginning to enjoy math and wanting to further their studies in math due to their involvement in a MATHCOUNTS competition. It is our hope that by working closely with MATHCOUNTS over the next few months we will be able to achieve an equitable outcome for homeschoolers. For more information on MATHCOUNTS’ change, please see their most recent statement.
  19. If you are looking for a book to add to your junior or senior's reading list, perhaps you will want to consider The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, the subject of this year's Signet Essay Contest. You'll find essay prompts and more information here. Homeschooled students are welcome to participate!
  20. Hopefully they rethink this... http://video.foxnews.com/v/4314359/math-competition-bans-homeschoolers/
  21. For those of you involved with the math competitions, how do we get started? This is an area I am clueless in.
  22. I was curious to know if anyone has purchased the Elementary Science Olympiad books and/or dvds. Our co-op has a team, but it doesn't start until middle school. I looked at the table of contents for the Elementary level and it looks interesting and well laid out. However, there are no sample pages. Does anyone have experience at the Elementary level? I was wanting to do it here at home. Also, would the Fun Nights book be applicable at home? E
  23. Anyone else here take Henle Latin from Regina Coeli? I am concerned about the pace. My oldest has been taking Wheelocks from them and doing pretty well. I decided to do Henle for ds13 because he was a little less experienced and a little less talented in languages. They only offer a level I and a level II, which leads me to believe that they will cover the entire book in two years. Ds is only in unit 2 out of 14. Well, here is the kicker... RCA brags about how well their students do on the National Latin Exam so I signed up both kids - my oldest for Latin II and this son for Intro to Latin. We did a practice exam from years past just to get them used to how to do it. Well, ds13, who is taking Henle, bombed the Intro test. I am shocked. He is getting an A. This class came highly recommended. Did they really cover so little?
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