Science Olympiad

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2014-2015 Science Olympiad Team
2014-2015 Science Olympiad Team

With the current interest and increased awareness of the importance of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines it is evident that Tennessee students must improve their performance in science and math. This is especially true at the elementary level where students are just beginning to build their knowledge base for future science and math courses and hopefully their future career choices. The Elementary Science Olympiad program is an opportunity for students to 1) practice cooperation and teamwork; 2) practice toward a clearly identified objective; and 3) improve their knowledge in science, math and technology and demonstrate the skills they have developed through competition. By providing a competitive tournament and rewarding students for their achievement,

     Tennessee Science Olympiad strives to make learning in the STEM areas both fun and exciting. It is not the goal of Tennessee Science Olympiad to take away any teachingtime from the various science subjects, but rather to enrich and enhance the opportunities in science education for elementary school students. These years are important for influencing young students’ perceptions about the STEM disciplines. During these years, students, if taught science in a hands-on, problem-based manner, begin to develop important lifelongscience/math literacy skills, such as problem solving, critical thinking, self-regulated and self-evaluated learning, and teamwork. Future career choices are moving more and more rapidly in the direction of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and therefore it is important that students and educators take advantage of and benefit from every opportunity they are given to further their science education. The Elementary Science Olympiad program will improve the learning of science and math for all students and celebrate their efforts and achievements in the process.

     Teams must be made up of 16 students in grades 3 to 5. Teams should strive to have students at all grade levels and no more than seven 5th grade students may be part of a team.