Academic Teams

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Academic teams offer a wonderful enrichment opportunity for CRES students. In addition to learning math, science, engineering, culture and other educational subjects, students have an opportunity to experience working together in groups toward common goals, and healthy competition. Plus, they get to have a lot of fun with their friends! 


Parent volunteers are needed to help coach the teams below. Please contact the coordinator of the team you would like to help coach for more information and for details on registration.  




Science Olympiad







Science Olympiad is a national science tournament with multiple levels of competition: invitational, regional, state, and national. Students compete in events pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Unlike many other science enrichment opportunities, Science Olympiad provides a team experience, allows for a great deal of creativity, and exposes students to a wide variety of topics. Colvin Run students may compete in EITHER Division A or Division B. If your 5th grader has competed in Science Olympiad previously, consider signing up for Division B.


Division A is open to students from grades 3-5 and is a great introduction to Science Olympiad. This is an opportunity for students to have fun and learn and does not advance past the regional level. Contact Chandrani Ohdedar Das or Awo Archampong-Gray with Division A questions.  


Division A: Grades 3-5



Division B is open to students from grades 5-8 and is much more competitive and challenging. Students can advance beyond the regional level. Contact Awo Gray or Yamini Babu with Division B questions.  


Science Olympiad Div B Parent Information Slides


Science Olympiad Div B Rules Manual


For information on how Virginia Science Olympiad will be run this year, please see  


Division B: Grades 5-6



Lego League






This building and research-based program is designed to capture the inherent curiosity of children in grades K-3 and teach them valuable employment and life skills. The junior program provides an introduction to basic science and engineering concepts. The grade 4-6 robotics program applies these concepts.  


The Academic Teams Committee is looking for a Lead or two Co-Leads for Lego League for this school year.  Please contact if you are interested in being a lead. 


Note: this activity can be set up directly by parents without a school coordinator. Please visit the website below for information. 

Learn more:


Junior First Lego League: Grades K-3

First Lego League: Grades 4-6 








This international educational program provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level.


The Academic Teams Committee is looking for a Coordinator for Odyssey for this school year.  Please contact if you are interested in being a coordinator. 


Learn more:


Grades K-6






Quiz Bowl and U.S. Academic Bowl are academic competitions in which two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all areas of knowledge, including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, popular culture, sports, and more. Bee tournaments are for individual players.

CRES is building up the first quizbowl team. The weekly training (via Zoom, waiver required) will include practice, scrimmage and study materials to advance students’ interest and knowledge in covered academic areas. The team will also represent CRES in various tournaments.
Learn more:  Quiz Bowl - and U.S. Academic Bowl -
Contact CRES Quiz Bowl Coordinator, Estella Xi at with any questions.

Grades 4-6




CRES is building up its first Math League team. The weekly meeting will be held by parent volunteers.  Some team members may represent CRES in various tournaments.
Learn more about Math Olympiad at
Contact CRES Academic Teams at with any questions.
Registration opens here on Friday October 22nd.

Grades 4-6



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