WCPSS students will join hundreds of central North Carolina high school and middle school students competing in the Raleigh Regional Science Olympiad Tournament Feb. 5 at Green Hope High School.
Olympiad officials are expecting 60 middle and high school teams each with 15 – 18 members from Wake, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Vance, and Warren counties. Competing in 47 different events, the teams are vying for the opportunity to represent the region at the State Science Olympiad on April 30 in Raleigh. Winners there go on to the National Science Olympiad.
Popular events will include:
- Battery Buggy: Teams will construct a vehicle that uses electrical energy as its sole means of propulsion, quickly travels a specified distance, and stops as close as possible to center of the finish line.
- Storm the Castle: Teams will design, construct, and calibrate a device capable of launching a projectile into a target area and collect data to develop a series of graphs relating launch-configuration to target distance and height.
WCPSS teachers, local professionals and college students volunteer to design events that will produce scores that result in an overall point total to determine medal winners with trophies from state and national organizations going to the top finishers in each division. Top finishers qualify to compete at the State Tournament held in Raleigh at NC State University. The top two placing teams at the State Tournament will advance to the National Tournament.
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 NC are participating in the NCSO. In 2009, NCSO had over 5,000 volunteers involved in reaching middle and high school students for science. NCSO events align with the NC 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 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 intramural, 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.
For more information on the NCSO, contact Co-Directors