TWC hosts nine local schools for Science Olympiad regional

Posted on: March 4, 2014

For the seventh year in a row, TWC has hosted a Science Olympiad regional for local middle and high school students.

For the seventh year in a row, Tennessee Wesleyan College has hosted a Science Olympiad regional for local middle and high school students. Science Olympiad is a science-based competition that more than 6,200 teams from 50 U.S. states compete in each year. At TWC’s regional, student teams from three middle schools and nine high schools competed in 23 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 Dr. 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 two middle schools and two high schools advancing to the state competition. The middle schools that will advance are first place winner Bearden Middle School and second place winner Cedar Springs Home School Group. The high schools that will advance are first place winner Cedar Springs Home School Group and second place winner Bearden High School.

“Bearden and Cedar Springs are two of the best middle school teams in the state,” said Dr. Berch. “One of them has represented the state of Tennessee at the national tournament eight out of the last nine years. I am very proud that coaches from both schools routinely say that TWC provides one of the best tournaments each year.

“My only hope is that like with any competitions, our locals schools will be challenged by competing against the best and continue to improve year in and year out until the time when a local team will reach the level to advance to the state and national tournament.  I know we have a lot of very talented kids here and I hope to continue to provide them with a local regional tournament to prove it.”

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 Saturday, April 12.