Winners have been announced in the Region VIII Science Olympiad – a competition for sixth-12th graders in biology, chemistry, physics, technology, earth science and ecology — hosted Feb. 10 at Southeast Missouri State University.
C Division (high school) teams advancing were East Prairie High School in first place, New Madrid County Central in second place and Sikeston High School in third place.
B Division (junior high school) teams advancing were East Prairie Junior High in first place and Sikeston Junior High in second place.
Teams placing first and second at this regional competition now qualify to compete in the upcoming Missouri State Science Olympiad competition in May at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. From the state competition, first and second place teams in both divisions will advance to the National Science Olympiad competition in Fort Collins, Colorado.
The Olympiad features a variety of events, including engineering, construction, test formats, hands-on-experiments, labs and game designing. Some areas incorporated in the competition are forensics, ecology, anatomy and physiology. Students have the opportunity to build and test their own devices before they compete.
The Southeast College of Science, Technology and Agriculture hosted the competition with Dr. Margaret Hill, professor of physics, serving as Olympiad liaison for the event. Southeast faculty assisted with developing tests and the Southeast Chemistry Club, along with biology, physics and earth science students, supervised and judged events.
Missouri Science Olympiad is a non-profit organization that operates under the National Science Olympiad, a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing male, female and minority interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers. These goals are achieved by participating in Science Olympiad tournaments and non-competitive events, incorporating Science Olympiad into classroom curriculum and attending teacher training institutes.
For more than 30 years, Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education. Science Olympiad continues to challenge, inspire and inform the academic and professional careers of students and instructors across America. Science Olympiad is recognized as a model program by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices in the 2007 report, “Innovation America: Building a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Agenda.” Science Olympiad is committed to increasing global competitiveness for the next generation of scientists.