Lee University’s Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics recently hosted the Tennessee Regional Science Olympiad Tournament in the Science and Math Complex on Lee’s campus. …
Lee University’s Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics recently hosted the Tennessee Regional Science Olympiad Tournament in the Science and Math Complex on Lee’s campus.
Eleven high school teams and four middle school teams competed at the tournament, with a total of 187 competitors.
“I remember participating in similar competitions when I was in school, and how those opportunities impacted me and my classmates,” said Allison Sneed, tournament director and lecturer in chemistry at Lee. “This was my first year organizing the event, and I could not have asked for a better tournament. The teams and coaches made all the frenzied preparations worthwhile, but I could not have managed without all of the faculty, student and community volunteers.”
By the end of the day, West High School had taken first place, with Ooltewah High coming in second. Athens Middle claimed first for the middle school competition. These teams will advance to the state competition in April at the University of Tennessee.
Teams competed in a variety of scientific topics including Life, Personal, & Social Science; Earth & Space Science; Physical Science & Chemistry; Technology & Engineering; and Inquiry & Nature of Science.
Lee University science students volunteered at the tournament, while several other department faculty members supervised various events, reviewed exams and events for accuracy, and served as team coaches.
Bearden High School, Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences, Cleveland High School, McMinn County High, Ooltewah High, STEM Co-op, Walker Valley High, and West High participated at the Olympiad.
Athens Middle, Bradley County Home Educators, and Ocoee Middle made up the middle school teams.
For more information about the Science Olympiad, contact Sneed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(1) This is a vehicle from the Battery Buggy event, built by middle school students.
(2) Members of the STEM Co-op team are seen during the Optics event.
(3) This is a tower built by high school students during the Towers event.
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