East Georgia State College will host a Regional Science Olympiad for Division C (grades 9-12) students on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Fourteen teams from twelve schools will compete in a variety of scientific activities involving chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, astronomy, mathematics, geology and experimental design, vying for the top three spots that will go on to compete in the Georgia State Science Olympiad at Emory University on April 16, 2016. Team members from the participating schools will compete in 23 different events during the day.
The public is invited to EGSC’s campus for the day’s events and to see the various skills of the students. Events in the gymnasium are open to the public and will feature competitions in air trajectory, bridge building, electric vehicles, robot arms and “Wright Stuff,” a competition featuring planes. The first events begin at 8:30 a.m. and will run throughout the day until 3:30 p.m., with the Awards Ceremony following at 4:30 p.m. in the Luck F. Gambrell Building Auditorium.
The Science Olympiad is an international non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of science education. The four divisions are Division A1 (grades K-3), Division A2 (grades 3-6), Division B (grades 6-9) and Division C (grades 9-12). The Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions designed to elevate students’ mathematical and scientific abilities. Students first compete in region tournaments, with top teams going on to state competitions, followed by national competition. Students and teams receive recognition for the achievements in the form of certificates, ribbons, medals and trophies.
Schools participating in this Science Olympiad include Swainsboro High School, A.R. Johnson Magnet School, Augusta Area homeschoolers, two teams from Lakeside High School, Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School, Grovetown High School, two teams from Richmond Hill High School, H.V. Jenkins High School, Southeast Bulloch High School, Statesboro High School, South Effingham High School and Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career High School.