Club Spotlight of the Month: Science Olympiad
Written By: Ashton Jenks
When most people think of an Olympiad they think of a gymnast or a swimmer, or someone knowledgeable in history might think of a chariot racer. In Science Olympiad club students do not compete in athletic events, but rather they compete in problem solving and tests of scientific knowledge. The main purpose of the club is to boost interest in science and encourage research.
The club is hosted by Ms. Teresa Dearman, who is a Chemistry and Physical Science teacher at Rossview. The President of the Club is a senior, Kichel Kang and the Vice President is Brandon Collins. The Treasurer is Matthew Brown and the Secretary is Sadie Pan.
The topics for the competitions change every year.. This year features topics such: as Chem Lab, Astronomy, Herpetology (the study of Reptiles), Protein Modeling, Dynamic Planet, Experimental design, mission possible, sound of music and many others. Kichel Kang, the president of the club, says that his goals for the club are: “Win regionals and at least place third in state.” He also said that the club is a great way for students to “experiment” with different topics so they get a better idea as to what they should major in, if they are planning on going into science.
It is not too late to join the club; however, you may end up being an alternate for this year’s season. No advanced science classes are needed, but they are strongly advised. Meetings are on Tuesdays and Fridays, but some may be needed outside of regular club meetings to study with team partners. Most teams are composed of 2 to 3 people. For more information talk to Mrs. Dearman.
The club is also planning on having a coffee fundraiser in which teachers can buy a cup and get a certain amount of Refills. So, teachers keep your eyes out for that email!
The team will go to their first competition in early spring. Be sure to wish them luck and a broken leg when the team ventures out with their knowledge!
Marie Curie once said, “Nothing in Life is to be feared, only understood. Now is the time to understand more, and to fear less.” By promoting these young scientists, Rossview High School is ensuring that their future students will be putting more understanding into the world, not biased fear.