We’re moving on to States! Each year thousands of students across Ohio in many different endeavors begin their athletic seasons with this goal in mind. Win a state championship. This same goal applies for our students who compete in academic competitions. Thus, last weekend was a very successful one for our Science Olympiad teams from Worthington Kilbourne and Thomas Worthington High School. Both teams led by coach Chelsey Kiehborth scored well enough in the regional tournament to move on to compete in the State Tournament on April 11th at The Ohio State University.
If you’re unfamiliar with Science Olympiad their website describes the competitions “The Ohio Science Olympiad is a statewide program dedicated to improving the interest of all students in the ever-changing world of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). A strong emphasis is placed on active, hands-on participation to assist students in their overall social development, leadership, and problem solving skills, in an effort to motivate and energize students to excel in and out of the classroom.
Students can demonstrate their skills and knowledge by participating in competitions that are like academic track meets. These competitions consist of a series of 23 team events for both middle and high school students. 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 band together to 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. Our Science Olympiad students compete as a team and function in much the same way as our athletic teams. They practice together and compete together. They succeed or fail as a team. Our students put in significant time and effort in order to see success.
This year both of our teams are succeeding! On April 11th they’ll compete for that State Championship. Go Wolves! Go Cards!
-Trent Bowers, Assistant Superintendent