On March 2, 2012, Golden West College hosted its 13th annual Science Olympiad Tournament. Students from 20 Orange County high schools competed in academic events balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and technology.
Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of team events, which students prepare for during the year. This event elevates science education to a level of enthusiasm that is normally reserved only for sports programs.
The all-day competition concluded with a ceremony where individuals and teams were awarded medals, ribbons, and trophies for their achievements. The top 6 high schools will earn the opportunity to compete at the Southern California state competition on April 14.
For the past 27 years, Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premiere science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to more than 5,700 teams in 48 states. Science Olympiad’s ever-changing event lineup provides a variety of career choices and exposure to practicing scientists and mentors. In the words of a Science Olympiad alumnus: “I consider Science Olympiad the most important and influential activity I participated in during my middle school and high school career.”