On February 18, 2017, the Annual Science Olympiad held its 31st Scientific Competition among regional schools at Antelope Valley College. This one-day program, held in 49 states to fulfill the interests and curiosities of scientifically-inclined American youths, offered various competitive opportunities in different divisions of scientific studies and applications. The competition was conducted in tournament manner where the regional winning team could enter the state contest, and the state winner could then advance to the national competition.
Divided into different fields of science, Science Olympiad was composed of Division A, B, and C for elementary, junior high, and high school. Some of the events were focused on Anatomy, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, and Earth Science, all spread out into six periods. Each event had its own specific disciplines of science that required studying, building, or experimenting. Specific rules and materials were required and were needed to be prepared by the participants. Also, every team was made up of a maximum of fifteen people, not including the coach, where they could enter more than one event.
A group of students from Albert Einstein Academy (AEA) attended this occasion for the second time in a row.
Brandon Cove, one of the members of STEM club in AEA, defined Scientific Olympiad as a “Beneficial event [where they] learned new discoveries about each divisions of science.”
In addition, Scientific Olympiad not only educated the students, but also taught the importance of working as a team. Again, Cove claimed that “The greatest part was collaborating with other individuals in one combines pursuit of a better understanding of science. The Olympiad was a nice experience to be with friends and improve my science skills.”
In a world where learning about science is a requirement and a beneficial progress, this experience provides the new generation of youths with a deeper knowledge and understanding of science. Throughout this competition, all the teams developed their own goals, which encouraged them to walk a step further. Furthermore, working as a team provided students with great social interactions. Overall, Science Olympiad provided the students with an extraordinary experience.