On the morning of March 8, more than 250 students from 11 Cobb County schools competed in the District Elementary Science Olympiad, sponsored by Cobb EMC. Fourteen teams from Murdock, Belmont Hills, Argyle, Sedalia Park, Brown, Mt. Bethel Hayes, Chalker, Clarkdale, Big Shanty and Kincaid elementary schools converged on the host school, Mt. Bethel, for the competition. The 2008 Olympiad was the largest event since 2003 and included events such as Rock Hound, Disease Detectives, Circuit Wizardry and Starry, Starry Night.
Mt. Bethel’s principal Robin Lattizori, organizer and promoter Jim Morris, District science supervisor Sally Creel and an army of teachers, coaches and parents were on hand to welcome all the children. Dr. Abdul-Hamid Zureick, a destructive testing civil engineer from Georgia Tech, served as keynote speaker, discussing his career and the benefits of exploring science. In addition, the Georgia Tech Chemical Engineering Society were on hand to wow the students with fire and chemical flashes of amazement!
Members of Kell High School’s robotics team sparked student curiosity about their mechanical futures. It was a fun morning filled with laughter, excitement, rigor, learning and piles of gold, silver and bronze.