TWC hosts 12 local schools for Science Olympiad regional

Posted on: February 21, 2013

Saturday, February 16 Tennessee Wesleyan College hosted Science Olympiad

Saturday, February 16 Tennessee Wesleyan College hosted Science Olympiad, a science-based competition that more than 6,200 teams from 50 U.S. states compete in each year. Student teams from five middle schools and seven high schools competed in 22 open science events that tested their practical skill and understanding of science and engineering.

“Science Olympiad is one of the best events out there that promotes science, math and engineering,” said John Berch, assistant professor of chemistry at TWC. “I competed in Science Olympiad as a young student and the competition taught me the fundamentals of science.”

From robot arms to forensic testing, students from across Tennessee competed at the regional level with three middle schools and three high schools advancing to the state competition. The middle schools that will advance are first place winner Cedar Springs Home School Group, second place winner Bearden Middle School and third place winner Athens City Middle School. The high schools that will advance are first place winner Cedar Springs Home School Group, second place winner Bearden High School and third place winner Oak Ridge High School.

The Science Olympiad regionals are held throughout Tennessee and this was the sixth year that TWC has held a regional tournament.

“Athens City Middle School is deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this challenging activity so close to home,” said Ginger R. Robinson, teacher/coordinator of Athens City School’s enrichment program. “The events are certainly beyond traditional grade level expectations and provide an opportunity for an in-depth study of interesting material. I am convinced this establishes a life-long interest in the scientific world.”

At this year’s Science Olympiad regional, 275 medals were given to more than 200 students who competed in event contests that were developed and judged by more than 50 coordinators on campus. With more than 350 people on the TWC campus participating in this year’s Science Olympiad, Saturday’s regional was a success.

“We are so fortunate that Tennessee Wesleyan College is a host site for Science Olympiad,” said Angie Mayfield, a biology teacher at McMinn County High School. “This competition is a perfect combination of science, technology, engineering and math.  It sparks the imagination and creativity of our young people, while encouraging creative thinking, teamwork and problem solving.”

This year’s Science Olympiad regional winners will be advancing to the Tennessee Science Olympiad State competition which will be held at the University of Tennessee Knoxville on April 6.