Forty-five teams from four states competed in the Dodgen Science Olympiad Invitational January 21, but the top three teams for the gold level didn’t have to travel far. The winning schools hail from the Cobb County School District: McCleskey Middle School, first place; Hightower Trail Middle School, second place; and Durham Middle School, third place.
The largest invitational in the Southeast is broken down into gold and invitational levels of competition to allow smaller and new Olympiad programs the opportunity to compete against each other in the gold level versus competing against the more experienced schools.
The invitational level allows teams to see where they stand in major competitions. The winning schools in the invitational level included the following:
- First place: Vickery Creek Middle School, Cumming, Georgia
- Second place: Fulton Science Academy, Alpharetta, Georgia
- Third place: Jay M. Robinson Middle School, Charlotte, North Carolina
The events covered life sciences, Earth and space science, physics and chemistry, nature of science as well as technology and engineering. Some events revolved around test-taking while in other events competitors built devices and competed against the other teams.
“Unfortunately, the weather was not cooperative, and the bottle rocket event had to be cancelled, but the remaining 22 events went off without a hitch,” said Jeffrey Miller, eighth grade Dodgen Middle science teacher. “Several teams commented that they enjoyed the event and cannot wait to return next year.”
Lockheed Martin served as a corporate sponsor of the Olympiad tournament and also provided volunteers to serve as judges and test proctors including Jim Johnson, Marietta Chief Engineering Director.
In March 2016, the Dodgen Middle School team defended their title of Georgia Science Olympiad State Champions. On March 18, CCSD will host the State Middle School Science Olympiad Tournament at South Cobb High School.
“Students benefit from Science Olympiad by learning specific science topics at a very high level,” Miller emphasized. “It not only prepares them for the rigor of high school, but it teaches students to be self-learners by developing advanced studying techniques. The best part about Science Olympiad is that students learn to love science.”