Online registration ends October 27 at midnight.
On-site registration will be available during the clinic.
What is the Great Lakes Coaches' Clinic?
The goal of the clinic is to help Science Olympiad coaches learn how to prepare their teams for this year's competitions.
Who should attend the Great Lakes Coaches' Clinic?
The GLCC is meant for coaches of every level, and we invite coaches from across the country to attend. We are placing an emphasis on supporting new coaches this year. High school students and younger children are not allowed into the clinic.
Who are the presenters at the Great Lakes Coaches' Clinic?
We have National Rules Committee Chairs, National Event Supervisors, State Event Supervisors, Regional Event Supervisors and veteran coaches as presenters. See the Presenters section below for a current list of confirmed presenters.
What types of sessions are offered at Great Lakes Coaches' Clinic?
The GLCC offers several different types of sessions for coaches:
How many sessions can I see?
There are 3 sessions on Friday evening and 7 sessions on Saturday. It isn't possible for one coach to attend the sessions for all 23 events in your division. We highly recommend bringing more than one coach and splitting up to see as many sessions as possible. Please note: Build Sessions span multiple sessions during the clinic. You will be able to attend fewer other sessions if you participate in a Build Session.
Will there be food?
Yes! We will provide dinner on Friday, as well as breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Treats, snacks, and beverages are available throughout the clinic. Please note: Great Lakes Coaches' Clinic offers meat and vegetarian food options only. We cannot offer foods for those with special dietary needs such as gluten free, vegan, etc. Please plan accordingly if you have special dietary needs.
What is included in the Great Lakes Coaches' Clinic registration fee?
The registration fee includes:
Will there be Science Olympiad-related items for purchase at Great Lakes Coaches' Clinic?
We are working on expanding our vendor presence at GLCC. Please watch the vendor space below for more information on which vendors will be at the clinic. If you have a suggestion for a vendor your team finds valuable, please tell us here!
ONLINE Registration ends October 27, 2017 @ midnight
ONSITE Registration will be available November 3 & 4.
Payment can be by check, money order, or PayPal. (PLEASE NOTE: Credit Card processing may NOT be available the day of the clinic, so please have an alternate form of payment available).
Please have one representative from your group contact Val Goldstein (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register a Group and receive the discounted rate.
Group rates are available for groups of 5 or more people. All members of the group MUST register together to receive the discounted rate. Any member that registers outside of the group will be subject to the individual rate at the time of registration.
Groups of 5-12:
Groups of 13+:
Crime Busters Make-and-Take: Illinois State Event Supervisor Ursula Ahern will guide you and your fellow coaches in writing a Crime Busters scenario, and you will leave with the materials necessary to solve the crime! An immersive way to learn how to write a great Crime Busters event AND take a practice scenario back to your team to solve. Offered on Friday only - don't miss it! (This is a Sign-Up Session, please see below for more information)
Event Supervising 101: Every team will be called upon at some point this year to run an event or two. Get some tips from National Event Supervisors Russ Crittenden and Jim Grant on how to administer a great Science Olympiad event. We will be talking about both block-scheduled and self-scheduled events. Topics include: writing a high-quality event, materials you will need, how to manage attendance and wristbands, keeping consistency between each group/team, and scoring your event. If you're new to Science Olympiad, this is a must-see. It might also be good for those of us who need a little refresher, too!
Keep the Heat/Thermodynamics Build-it: This is a great opportunity to try your hand at building a device to this year's specifications, facilitated by National Event Supervisor Jim Grant. (This is a Sign-Up Session, please see below for more information)
Making it Work – Experiences in the Trenches of Science Olympiad: Glenn Raymond School has been participating in Science Olympiad competitions since 1988 and has one of the oldest active programs in Illinois. The school is entering their 31st year in Science Olympiad and is a small, public school (~240, total 6th-8th grade students) and 3 teachers coaching all 23 events for both Varsity and JV squads. The focus has been how to maintain a sustainably, long term program that reaches their students and expands their horizons. Current coaches Troy J. Simpson and Ashley O’Brien will share how the GRS program got its start, the challenges, the successes, the changing of the guard, strategies they use, and how to they have sustained a meaningful program.
Try your hand at some events! Learn some tips, tricks, and pitfalls along the way. A fun way to bring some very valuable guidance back to your team! These sessions are limited in the number of coaches they can accommodate (due to space/material limitations) and require sign-up at the registration area:
Sign-Up Session Schedule (FRIDAY) - See sign up information below
Sign-Up Session Schedule (SATURDAY) - See sign up information below
Signing up for Sessions is on-site on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up sheets will be in the Registration area of the clinic. Email/phone requests will not be accepted.
Open Flight for Helicopters & Wright Stuff
We are thrilled to have some of the foremost experts in Science Olympiad presenting at the Great Lakes Coaches' Clinic. You can find their biographies here.
Ursula Ahern #
Mark Ailes #
Jeff Annis #
Jon Aros ^
Nan Buckardt #
CeAnn Chalker *^
Russ Crittenden ^#
Mary Edly Allen#
Robyn Fischer ^#
Carl Garrison #
Jim Grant ^#
Tony Harper #
Shelly Heger ^#
Mike Kirda #
Kurt Krempetz #
Shirley Kreutzfeldt #
Ann Maine #
Dan Nichols *^
Dennis Papesh ^
Forrest Schultz ^
Troy Simpson #
Brian Wolf #
Lin Wozniewski *^
Donna Young ^
* National Rules Committee Chair
^ 2017 National Event Supervisor
# 2017 Illinois State Event Supervisor
Metea Valley High School
1801 N Eola Road
Aurora, IL 60502
Parking is available in the North parking lot
Please use the Auditorium (North) entrance, Door 14