Sixteen teams of the top high school scientists from throughout Alabama will convene at Samford University Saturday, April 13, for the state Science Olympiad finals. Two teams will win the right to represent the state at the national Science Olympiad at the University of Delaware May 17-18.
Each 15-member team won district competitions in five geographic regions to qualify for the state event. The tournament is a rigorous academic interscholastic competition consisting of individual and team events. The events are balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology.
Teams will compete in 23 events, which encompass the three goals of science education: concepts and knowledge; processes and thinking skills and application and technology. Some of the events call for students to:
--Drop a mass attached to an elastic cord without touching the floor.
--Design and build a Rube Goldberg-like device, which demonstrates a series of energy transfers to accomplish a specific task.
--Design and build a device that will transport an egg a distance of 8 to 12 meters as fast as possible and have the device stop closest to the finish line.
--Build musical insturments, describe the scientific principles behind their operations, and perform musical selection on them.
--Design and build a robot capable of performing certain tasks.
The public is invited to observe any of the events which take place in various buildings on campus. Opening ceremonies begin at 8:45 a.m. in Seibert Hall. Closing awards ceremonies begin at 4:30 p.m. in Seibert Hall. Samford professors will lead life sciences and physical sciences panel discussions at 3:30 p.m. in the Sciencenter. The public can find event location and times by checking the Web site at physics.samford.edu or by calling 726-4121.
This is the first time Samford has hosted the state event.
Competing teams represent the following high schools: Muscle Shoals, St. James (Montgomery), John Carroll (Birmingham), Auburn-two teams, LAMP (Montgomery), Trinity Presbyterian (Montgomery), Grissom (Huntsville), Randolph (Huntsville), Huntsville, Bob Jones (Madison)-two teams, Sand Rock, St. Paul's Episcopal (Mobile), UMS-Wright (Mobile) and Geneva.