Students put competing theories to the test at Science Olympiad

Middle school, high school teams will compete this Saturday, March 3, at Mission Oak High School


TULARE COUNTY – Over 400 teens will building bridges, launching rockets, piloting robotic vehicles, solving crimes, designing experiments and engaging in scientific explorations this Saturday in Tulare.

Students from sixth through 12th grades from 19 middle and 16 high schools will compete in the Science Olympiad at Mission Oak High School in Tulare. Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic competitions consisting of a series of individual and team events. These events encompass the science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and technology. There is also a balance between science facts, processes, skills and applications. Locally, hundreds of students compete in the annual regional competitions.

The Science Olympiad is divided into three divisions: Division A (grades 3–6); Division B (grades 6–9); and Division C (grades 9–12). The Divisions B and C (for middle and high school students) will compete this Saturday, March 3 at Mission Oak High School. The Division B and C events begin with opening ceremonies at 8:15 a.m. in the Mission Oak quad. Competitions will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the awards ceremony scheduled for approximately 3:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. The top four schools advancing to the NorCal State Science competition.

Division A (for elementary students) will also be held at Mission Oak High School on Saturday, April 28. Students from third through sixth grades will be building circuits, testing the elasticity of “gunk,” dropping eggs to see if they survive, launching catapults and participating in fun-filled science activities. The Division A event begins with individual competitions at 9 a.m. Individual and team awards will be presented at approximately 1:15 p.m. in the gymnasium.

“Science Olympiad competitions demand a great deal of preparation,” says Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak. “We appreciate the coaches and parents who help prepare students for these events.”

Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit 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.

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