RACINE — The Southern Middle School Division B Science Olympiad team is headed to the state-level competition after their performance last month at the regional tournament at Marietta College.
The team earned first place in two events, second place in one event and third place in two more events at the regional competition. The team’s placements qualified them for the state tournament this Saturday at The Ohio State University.
“I have been amazed at the creativity of the students,” said team co-coach Erin Lisle. “In a matter of six weeks, they have taken basic everyday items and turned them into projects ready for competition. The opportunity to compete at the state level would not be possible without the support of the community, parents, board and administration of Southern Local School District.”
The team was comprised of four seventh-grade students, nine, eight-grade students and two freshmen. The team is also coached by Courtney Ginther.
Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.
Students were given the guidelines for each of their building and testing events. They were then set free to come up with ideas on how to build their projects and prepare for the tests.
As part of advancing to state, one female student, seventh grader Kristin McKay, was awarded a $100 scholarship to attend the B-Wiser Summer Science Camp.
The B-Wiser Summer Science Camp is a team-taught, hands-on, week-long residential experience in a state-of-the art science facility. During the day, students take a full curriculum with classes in chemistry, Lego robotics, physics, model-robotics, life science and earth science. In the evening, prominent scientists share their enthusiasm in areas such as laser techniques, energy conservation, boomerangs and physics.