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Strong Showing of Cobb Schools at State Elementary Science Olympiad
by: Jennifer Gates, Norton Park ES
From CSI-like detection and experiments to NASA-inspired water rocket blasting, student scientists from across the state gathered recently to compete in the Elementary Science Olympiad. Eighteen Cobb elementary schools, from Big Shanty to Vaughn, vied for the top spot at the day-long ESO, held at Kennesaw State University. Nearly two dozen events allow student teams of up to 20 to put their many months of practice and coaching to the test. A variety of events gives students of all skill levels and interests a shot at taking top prize in the science-based content: Mystery Boxes, in which students use their powers of deduction and prior knowledge to determine the use, measurements and description of various scientific tools and resources, to Pasta Bridges, in which students create a load-bearing bridge of their own design out of pieces of pasta noodles.
The Kedron Knights took first place in the state competition followed by another Fayette County team, the Crabapple Lane Cardinals. They were closely followed by 6 Cobb school teams in the top ten: Eastvalley (A) took 3rd place, and Kincaid, Shallowford Falls, Mount Bethel, Murdock, and Brown. Elementary Science Supervisor, and Georgia Science Teachers Association President, Sally Creel, says the competition is an excellent way for elementary students to do and apply scientific knowledge and have fun while doing it. A rainy start to this year’s day of competition didn’t dampen spirits or deter anyone from attending… even the official opening parade march had teams and their supporters lined up around the campus green.
The event draws hundreds of spectators, supporters and volunteers and is done in support with Kennesaw State University’s Bagwell College of Education and School of Science and Mathematics. Elementary Science Olympiad motivates students to learn about science and its real-world applications as well as encouraging students, particularly those of diverse and culturally varied backgrounds, to explore science as a foundation for learning in elementary, middle and high school.