Redwood High and Jefferson Academy take home gold

Science Olympiad for elementary school students is canceled due to concerns over COVID-19 

The Sun-Gazette

TULARE COUNTY – Visalia teams took four of the top eight spots at the year’s Science Olympiad. 

Redwood High School took first place in Division C of the annual competition, followed by Tulare Union, Exeter, and University Prep High School, a county school located in Visalia. Green Acres Middle School and Oak Grove Elementary, a K-8 school, in Visalia finished second and third in Division B of the event. First place went to Jefferson Academy in Hanford and fourth place went to Palo Verde Union School south of Tulare. 

More than 400 students from 31 middle and high school teams built bridges, launched rockets and gilders, piloted robotic vehicles, and solved crimes as part of dozens of scientific competitions at the March 7 event at Mission Oak High School in Tulare. 

Tulare Union’s team actually took home more first place finishes in individual events with eight including Astronomy, Circuit Lab, Disease Detectives, Fossils, Ornithology, Sound of Music, Water Quality and Wright Stuff. Other events included Anatomy & Physiology, Boomilever, Chemistry Lab, Code Busters, Designer Genes, Detector Building, Dynamic Planet, Experimental Design, Forensics, Geologic Mapping, Gravity, Machines, Ping Pong Parachute, Protein Modeling, and Write It/Do It. Jefferson Academy took home seven first place trophies in Crime Busters, Disease Detectives, Food Science, Fossils, Heredity, Ornithology, and Write It/Do It. 

The Science Olympiad Division A Competition for elementary grade teams, originally scheduled for April 25, has been canceled for this year. Students in Division A (third through sixth grades) would have been building circuits, testing the elasticity of “gunk,” dropping eggs to see if they survive, launching catapults and participating in fun-filled science activities. 

Science Olympiad is an international non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers.

For more information, contact Robert Herman, public information officer, at (559) 733-6606.

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