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OCS Elementary Science Olympiad 2018

 First place Queens Creek El.
First place Queens Creek El.
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Onslow County Schools hosted its annual elementary Science Olympiad Saturday Feb. 3, at Northside High School.

Students worked hard to prepare for a sundry of hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) events.  The day-long tournament featured nearly 300 elementary students from the third, fourth and fifth grades.  There were 19 events in all – a team of two could build a pasta bridge, launch a homemade bottle rocket, demonstrate one’s knowledge of living organisms, fossils or weather, interpret graphs, or try to effectively communicate to another team member how to build a device - there was something for everyone.

Each elementary school could send up to 18 students.  Each team member could compete in up to three events.  Team members specialize and become adept in two or three of the events and complete in these events at the tournament individually and as representatives for their team.  The team member may win a medal individually for each event and his/her performance will also contribute to overall team standings

In addition to testing their knowledge of science, engineering, math and technology, some events included the use of other valuable life skills including teamwork, critical thinking and cooperation.

At the end of the day students gathered in the gym to learn how they placed and receive their medals as anxious parents looked on.  But it wasn’t all about winning; it was about celebrating accomplishments and having fun while learning.  The elementary years are an important time for influencing young students’ perceptions about STEM; if taught science in a hands-on, problem-based manner, they begin to develop important lifelong scientific literacy skills.

Placement out of 18 Teams

School

Coach

First

Queens Creek Elementary

Tori Carpenter and Mary Jackson

Second

Richlands Elementary

Jeannine Fernandez

Third

Jacksonville Commons Elementary

Cheryl Ryba and Jackie Jack

Fourth

Hunters Creek Elementary

Kristie Waller and Nicole Fifer

Fifth

Silverdale Elementary

Samantha Bass and

Kathleen Kirtner

Sixth

Stateside Elementary

Amy Mayberry and

Amanda Kight

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