Auburn hosts state Science Olympiad tournament
After a two-year hiatus, 22 middle and high schools were brought together on Auburn University’s campus on March 26 to compete in the state Science Olympiad tournament. The competition was the culmination of months of preparation. Teams competed in topics such as earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, math and engineering.
This year’s winners were Auburn High School for the high school division and Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School for the middle school division. “I am extremely proud of all the Auburn City Schools Science Olympiad students this year. They have been competing all year to reach the national stage. Their hard work and dedication has paid off. We are looking forward to the next opportunity to showcase our students’ knowledge,” said Science Learning Coordinator for Auburn City Schools, Jacque Middleton.
Both schools will go on to the National Science Olympiad Tournament being hosted virtually May 9 through May 14 in partnership with CalTech. The national tournament is the culmination of nearly 300 regional and state tournaments over the 2021-22 academic year.
Science Olympiad requires collaboration among students on each team that compete in a variety of science-themed events and tests. Events rotate annually to take advantage of the everchanging nature or science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM). The competition ranges from hands-on applications such as bridge building to written tests on complex topics like ornithology. The Olympiad enhances interest in STEM-related topics, while also bestowing recognition to significant academic achievements.
The Alabama Science Olympiad state headquarters are located at Auburn University in the College of Sciences and Mathematics Outreach Department. The department aims to promote scientific literacy and interest among K-12 students, teachers and communities in our region, state and nation.
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