New Albany Science Olympiad was started in 1995 by Coach and Science Teacher Kirsten Jaster. It has grown into the one of the top competitive science programs in Central Ohio and is supported by many parents, coaches and the Foundation For Academic Excellence.
In 2012 New Albany Middle School (Division B) won first place in the central ohio regional competition. 2012 was also the year New Albany hosted it’s first Science Olympiad Invitational competition.
What is Science Olympiad?
Science Olympiad is a national, non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition of outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers.
These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, training workshops and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state and national tournaments.
The Science Olympiad Tournaments are academic interscholastic competitions, which consist of a series of twenty-three individual and team events students prepare for during the year. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers, and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills and application.
Although Science Olympiad is a competitive event, most events are team competitions requiring teamwork, group planning, and cooperation. The emphasis is on learning, participation, interaction, having fun, and developing team spirit. Coaches and students are reminded of the words of Bill Koch (Olympiad cross-country ski medal winner) who said: “Winning isn’t everything. The striving for excellence is – it’s the trying and caring that is important – winning is a bonus.”
National Science Olympiad Goals
- To create a passion for learning science by supporting elementary and secondary Science Olympiad tournaments at building, district, county, state and national levels with an emphasis on teamwork and a commitment to excellence.
- To improve the quality of K-12 science education throughout the nation by changing the way science is perceived and the way it is taught (with an emphasis on problem solving and hands-on, minds-on constructivist learning practices). This goal is accomplished through in-depth core curriculum training workshops and the distribution of curriculum materials.
- To celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievement of both students and teachers in the areas of science and technology by awarding thousand of certificates, medals, trophies and scholarships.
- To promote partnerships among community, businesses, industry, government and education.
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