Virtual Student Competitions
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With the many changes our school districts, staff, and students continue to experience during this time of Covid-19, the Ventura County Office of Education believes it is more important than ever for Ventura County student competitions to take place during the 2020-21 school year. 

VCOE, In partnership with event coordinators and planners from across California and beyond, will be providing virtual versions of Academic Decathlon, Mock Trial, Robotics and Science Fair during the COVID-19 school closures.

We want to continue to encourage and recognize our exceptionally talented students in their pursuit of academic excellence. In addition, these virtual events will continue to provide our students with solid work ethics and valuable life skills such as; public speaking, interview, interpersonal, and teamwork skills.

What will Virtual Student Competitions look like?

As we work to plan these upcoming events, we must take into account the many unknown circumstances that lie ahead. That said, this year’s competitions will be both familiar and a bit different. We are working hard to keep the components of each program in place. The big difference will be, instead of everyone meeting in person to compete, students, coaches, judges and parents will all be meeting virtually.

That means that our competitions will be moving to online platforms that will host registration, video conferencing, scoring and so forth. We will be much more reliant on technology to bring us together and provide us with feedback.

Student Competitions Virtual Setup Guide:

One thing we know for sure is that video conferencing will play a huge role in bringing us together. So we have prepared the VIRTUAL Student Competitions Setup Guide Looking your best in cyberspace, to help you look and perform your best.

While logistics and dates remain tentative at this time, we are hoping to follow an event schedule that mirrors the following as much as possible:

Academic Decathlon 

  • Academic Decathlon Scrimmage: December 5th, 2020
  • Academic Decathlon Essay: January 9th, 2021
  • Academic Decathlon Speech: January 23rd, 2021
  • Academic Decathlon Interview: January 30th, 2021
  • Academic Decathlon Objective Tests: February 6th, 2021

Mock Trial

  • February 22nd – 25th, 2021

Science Fair

  • March 19th, 2021