Written by Phil Cerroni
Approximately 360 middle and high school students gathered at North Lake College (NLC) for the Science Olympiad Regional Tournament on March 2. One of nine regional matches, the event is in its sixth year at NLC.
“Although Science Olympiad takes a tremendous amount of work, we do this because we feel it makes a difference in the lives of young students and encourages the STEM fields,” said North Lake’s Regional Director Patricia Thompson, referring to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “Science Olympiad also provides a service and learning opportunity for our own NLC students as well as our community.”
An academic track meet of sorts, Science Olympiad consists of a variety of competitive events, each of which requires teamwork. From meteorology and forensics to experimental design, event categories and rules change annually, keeping competitors on their toes. This year 24 schools competed at the North Lake College regional, up from 20 teams in 2012.
“Our regional filled quickly,” explained Thompson. Event tasks range from design and building activities to experimental challenges and question-answer tasks.
A total of 220 North Lake College students volunteered at Science Olympiad, many of who have served before. Student volunteers do everything from escorting guests to helping run matches. Event supervisors are also essential to the program’s continued success. This year 45 event supervisors stepped forward to manage the budget, registration, awards and more.
The seven-hour competition culminated with an afternoon award ceremony. Medallions and trophies were given to the top teams, recognizing those students advancing to the Science Olympiad State Tournament.
Among the high school (C) division, this year’s advancing teams include Greenhill School, Cypress Falls High School, William P. Clements High School and Harmony Science Academy - Euless. The middle school (B) division winners are Greenhill School, Northstar School, Harmony Science Academy- Grand Prairie and Lake Jackson Intermediate. The Science Olympiad State Tournament will be held at Texas A&M University, May 3-4, 2013.
Source: North Lake College