Science Olympiad 2020
Science Olympiad functions much like a football or soccer team, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and practice throughout the year. Each school-based team is allowed to bring 15 students who cross-train for a variety of events in their skill set, but some school clubs have more than 75 members, allowing for an apprentice and mentoring system.
Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal.
Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and Science Olympiad encourages group learning by designing events that forge alliances. In Elevated Bridge, an engineering whiz and a kid from wood shop can become gold medalists. Similarly, a talented builder and a student with a good science vocabulary can excel in Write It Do It, one of Science Olympiad's most popular events.
Six Oak Hills High students competed in the Science Olympiad 2020 this past weekend. One of their teams took 1st place in the Ping Pong Parachute challenge. And two of their teams took 2nd and 3rd place in the Chem Lab challenge!
The Hesperia High Scorpion Science Olympiad team won the High Desert competition. This amazing group of hardworking and dedicated students are this year’s champion of the High Desert Science Olympiad for the third time in a row. With Rosa Garcia Avelar as team captain, the following students helped us win the championship: Johnny Ly, David Herrera, Nallely Felix Diaz, Karla Diaz, Omar Alcerro, Daniel Alcerro, Hoang Ton, Joseph Rojas, Levi Burmeier, and Justin Popoff.
Congratulations to all the schools who participated from Hesperia Unified.
For more info about the Science Olympiad visit their website here: https://www.soinc.org/