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Science Olympiad

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Great news! HMS Science Olympiad team will be going to states! There were a few glitches in the scoring and the official results have HMS in 5th place out of 28 teams. We also had a First Place in Fossils that we didn't know about. 
New results are in color. 

First I need to say this was one of my favorite teams. They were a true team. Every single member helped somebody in an event that wasn't theirs. We had to send out a disparate call for more members the first week of January. The four members who joined in January won two medals in the five events they were entered in. Their presence was much greater than that. Even on Saturday team members were helping each other all through the day. The support and encouragement among teammates was truly outstanding. Thanks to Mrs. Dattada for being an official volunteer. Thanks to Mrs Coleman for getting the lunch, to Mrs. Huseboe for bringing snacks and Mrs. Nicoletti and others who manned home base. A very special thank you to Mrs. Kuropas who put in endless hours helping the team.

Three teachers came on Saturday. Ms. Rosales was an official volunteer. Ms. Kirkland and Mr. Barringer arrived at different times to lend their support.

Medal winners

Air Trajectory   7th Ronald Nicoletti and Kevin Essig
Bottle Rocket   7th Brennan McLaughlin and Kevin Essig
Duck Tape Challenge 3rd Ronald Nicoletti and Gabe Coleman
Fossils 1st  Kavan McLaughlin, Ryan Thompson
Meteorology  4th Brennan McLaughlin and Brien Brennan
Picture This! 5th Kevin Essig, Brien Brennan and Alex Kuropas
Reach for the Stars! 5th Alia Fayed, Justin Kuropas and Trip Brooks
Road Scholar 7th Brennan McLaughlin and Justin Kuropas
Wind Power 3rd Brennan McLaughlin and Ronald Nicoletti

The team finished 5th out of 28 teams and will be going to the state finals at NCSO on April 23rd.


What is the North Carolina Science Olympiad?



The North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to improve the quality of science and technology education in all North Carolina schools. The NCSO accomplishes its mission through professional development workshops, summer institutes, after school programs, summer camps and invitational, regional, and state tournaments that are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events that are well-balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, and technology.

The NCSO is dedicated to:
Ensuring all students have an equal opportunity to high quality science and technology education regardless of their ethnicity, household income, or geographic location.
Motivating students to expand their knowledge and competence in science and technology and increase their insight into the investigative process by enabling them to “do” science through hands-on and inquiry-based exploration.
Nurturing students’ enthusiasm for science and technology.
Getting students interested in pursuing science and science-related careers.
Increasing community involvement in schools.
Providing recognition for outstanding achievement for both students and teachers.

The North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is third in the country in student participation. Currently, 250 middle and high schools representing over 6,000 students and 60 counties in North Carolina are participating in the NCSO. In 2005 alone, NCSO had over 5,000 volunteers involved in reaching middle and high school students for science. The challenging and motivating events of the NCSO align with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study as well as the National Science Education Standards. The events are designed to enhance and strengthen both science content and process skills. The National Science Education Standards hailed the Science Olympiad as an example that “illustrates the close relationship between teaching and assessment. The assessment tasks are developmentally appropriate for young children, including recognition of students’ physical skills and cognitive abilities” (NRC, 1996, p.39).


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