The big day was finally here, the day that 18 teams of Science Olympiads had been practicing for since October! Student Scientists arrived bright and early on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Fair Oaks for the 5th annual Title 1 Science Olympiad.
This year eighteen schools brought teams to compete; Argyle, Acworth (2 teams), Belmont Hills, Brumby, Clarkdale, Compton, Fair Oaks, Green Acres, Mableton, Norton Park, Riverside Intermediate, Russell, Sedalia Park, Smyrna, Varner, Northside Elementary from Paulding County, and Park Street from Marietta City. Acworth, Riverside and Smyrna sent teams for the first time this year!!
The positive energy whirled through the air as the teams gathered together checking their schedules and wishing each other good luck. When 8:30 came, the teams of scientists were out of the door focused on getting to their first events! There were eighteen events students could enter, however, many decided to concentrate on the events that most interested them, or where their talents shone. The events included a mixture of tests and hands-on activities such as barge building, straw tower, egg drop, paper rockets, and rock hounds just to name a few.
Science Family Night engineering kits were set out in the media center for students and their parents or siblings to enjoy together. To top the fun off, Dr. Tom Brown, former Cobb County K-12 Science Supervisor entertained everyone during the break with mysterious science tricks.
Mr. Mark Justice, representing one of our biggest sponsors, Cobb EMC, and their mascot Watson, joined in during the awards ceremony! Each team placed in at least one event and received a gold, silver or bronze medal. It was truly a great day of fun and learning!
This day would not be possible without all of the coaches who gave their time after school to work with students! Thank you, also, to our judges, high school volunteers, and many of the teachers at Fair Oaks!
See you next year at Science Olympiad 2019!
Tiffany Honore´, Director
Delores Thompson, Supervisor
Contributing Author: Cynthia Freeman, Title 1 District Academic Coach