children learning about robotics

Volunteer at the Elementary Science Olympiad March 3

The Leonard Gelfand STEM Center will host the Elementary Science Olympiad competition on campus on Saturday, March 3. The Elementary Science Olympiad is a local event in which teams of fourth- to sixth-grade level students compete for medals in any of 25 scheduled STEM- (science, technology, engineering and math) focused events.

The center is seeking volunteers to support this program in two key ways: serving as event captains and event volunteers.

Event captains

Event captains develop a specific event in advance of the competition based on a given description. On the day of the event, captains execute and manage all of the event activities. The total estimated hours of service is 10-15 hours, including event preparation.

Eight of the 25 competitive events scheduled still need volunteer captains:

  • Circuit Wizardry;
  • Disease Detectives,
  • Don’t Bug Me;
  • Wright Stuff;
  • Egg Drop;
  • Experimental Design-Mystery Architecture;
  • Herpetology; and
  • Potions and Poisons

Event volunteers

All 25 of the scheduled events need volunteers to help support the competitions. Event volunteers:

  • Administer and/or proctor events;
  • Help manage and evaluate hands-on competitions;
  • Score events;
  • Record competition results in scoring center;
  • Attend registration tables for arriving teams;
  • Check in event captains and volunteers;
  • Manage event supplies;
  • Distribute awards at closing ceremonies;
  • Take candid photos of events and create slide program; or
  • Fill in where needed.

The total estimated hours of service for event volunteers is five to eight hours.

How to get involved

Benefits of volunteering include community service hours, a Leonard Gelfand STEM Center T-shirt, continental breakfast and lunch on the day of the event.

To volunteer or to make inquiries, contact the office at 216.368.5075 or via email at