28th Annual Science Olympiad held at GWC

Twenty-three high schools participated at the 28th annual Regional Science Olympiad on Friday, March 1, 2013 at Golden West College.

Science Olympiad tournaments are interscholastic academic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events for which students prepare for during the year. The events are balanced among the science disciplines of chemistry, biology, earth science, physics, and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills, and science applications.  The day concludes with a ceremony where individuals and teams are awarded medals, ribbons, and trophies for their achievements. One of the goals of Science Olympiad is to elevate science education and learning to a level of enthusiasm that is normally reserved only for varsity sports programs.

For many, Science Olympiad is a passion. It’s something friends do after school, at lunch or on weekends. High school teams set up camps around the Golden West College campus. Most bought folding chairs, homework and note cards so they could study in between competitions. Some teams, like Northwood High School in Irvine, wore matching t-shirts or set up banners above their hang-out spot.

OC Science Olympiad 2013 winners
These six teams will go on to the Southern California competition in April.
1. Troy High School
2. University High School
3. Northwood High School
4. Valencia High School
5. Canyon High School
6. Aliso Niguel High School

The director of Science Olympiad at Golden West College is Dr. Carol Grimes, Professor of Chemistry Emerita.

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