Science Olympiad (almost) comes to Wayne State
Nine Detroit-area high schools planned to compete at the inaugural Detroit Urban Schools Initiative Science Olympiad Tournament on March 28 at Wayne State University. Like most events last spring, the tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The goals of Science Olympiad are to bring science to life, show how science works, emphasize problem- solving aspects of science and the understanding of science concepts, develop teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students, promote high levels of achievement and a commitment to excellence in students’ study of the sciences, and foster students’ interest in STEM careers.
By combining events from many disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross section of students to get involved in active, hands-on group participation. Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of team events. Medals and trophies are awarded to the top teams and the winning team is invited to compete at the state tournament.
Plans for 2021 are underway for either an in-person or virtual tournament. If you wish to volunteer to help coach/mentor a team or volunteer on tournament day, contact event coordinator Regina Zibuck in the Department of Chemistry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Regina Zibuck