2020 Louisiana Tech Science Olympiad Invitational
Science Olympiad is one of the largest (and most exciting) K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) competitions in the country with over 8,000 teams competing annually. Many schools across the country will host an Olympiad invitational throughout the Fall to help schools prepare for the Regional and State tournaments in February and March. In 2019, Louisiana Tech University hosted the ONLY invitational in the region – including the states of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi!
Twenty-three teams were at the state Olympiad tournament in Hammond (Southeastern University) last year, and for many of those teams it was only the 2nd time they were able to compete – at regional and then at state. This creates a severe disadvantage for students in our area preparing for competitions, and we want to erase that disadvantage. UTeachTech has the capacity and mission focus to host an invitational as we have over 100 students majoring in STEM that can help with endeavor. We also feel that we could and should be showcasing our university to bright young STEM students – and their parents – throughout our regional area.
Started in 1984, Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal.
Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and Science Olympiad encourages group learning by designing events that forge alliances. The Science Olympiad beliefs and model of competition fits perfectly with our philosophies in UTeachTech of teaching through hands-on experiences and with the Living with the Lab model in engineering. There are also events in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Computer Science – that Louisiana Tech is uniquely capable of facilitating on our campus, especially with our new IDEA Place (coming in December) and the new College of Engineering and Sciences building – which we plan to feature for the invitational.
Teams can register here! https://sites.google.com/email.latech.edu/scioly-latech/home