Mrs. Semet, MD Science teacher stated, "I am so proud of our students and how well they performed on Saturday. I am also proud to be a part of a school that pulled together to make this important event happen, not just for our students, but also for all those who came to be a part of the Science Olympiad Invitational. It was a great day spent "Exploring the World of Science."
The invitational, hosted by Casady’s Middle Division, allowed the teams to assess their strengths and challenge areas before entering next month’s state competition, which determines the one team that will represent Oklahoma in the national tournament.
The nine high school and 17 middle school teams came from Norman, Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma City, Edmond, Putnam City, Tishomingo and several other cities. Events included subject matter ranging from forensics to entomology to simple machines to anatomy and more.
This is Casady’s third year to participate in Science Olympiad, but its first to have a high school team. Casady has won the state competition for the past two years.
“It’s a lot of hard work, but the kids who participate really love it,” said Mrs. Shannon Semet, Casady sixth grade science teacher and Science Olympiad advisor. “They give up a lot of personal time to be a part of this. Whether they place or not, this is a powerful experience for them, and they learn so much throughout the process.”
Science Olympiad State Director Bob Melton, who oversees the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs for Putnam City, said students involved in this program love to explore and foster their natural curiosity for various aspects of life.
“A lot of the philosophy of Science Olympiad comes from the idea of cooperative learning…and there is a lot of motivation and incentive worked into the program,” Mr. Melton said. “But, I think that everybody realizes that the important part is the student learning.”
This year’s state tournament will be hosted Saturday, March 1, at the University of Central Oklahoma. The winning team will represent Oklahoma in Orlando, Fla., at the national competition. This year marks the 30th anniversary for the national organization.
The Science Olympiad is "one of the premiere science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 6,200 teams in 50 states," according to the organization's website.
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