Science Olympiad is an American middle school and high school team competition in which students compete in ‘events’ pertaining to various scientific disciplines. These disciplines include earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Due to the way the competition is structured, students have the opportunity to participate in more than one event. Many students in our Robotics team participate in the Science Olympiad competition. Science Olympiad is composed of many events that cover a wide range of scientific and engineering topics, most of which are not commonly taught in school, such as entomology, geologic mapping, and protein modeling.
This year, for regionals, we had an excited group of students; a large part of them were underclassmen and first year robotics students. Team members took the time to collaborate on projects and exchange ideas, even with students who weren’t on their events.
Several more experienced robotics students also took time in sharing advice and their past experiences. In a previous year the team won first place at regionals, placing in all, except one, of the events. After regionals, team members work diligently on their events while still participating and planning for other robotics competitions and activities.
Our team placed in an event at the state competition, we gained experience and knowledge in the process; next year’s students are eagerly anticipating future competitions.