Story by Logan Keller
I arrived fifteen minutes early. I looked for my crimson-shirted team while prancing in the cool morning air. We had agreed to meet at 7:45, but many had already arrived. I was there to ensure everyone knew where to go, at the upper level of the Tarlton Complex.
Science Olympiad is a competition on a regional, state, and national level in which elementary, middle, and high school aged adolescents can compete in specific STEM related events. Discovery High School has had a team for only four years, but is already well regarded even at a national level.
The opening ceremonies start at 8:30, followed by four periods and a lunch break about an hour each. Teams study and test their events in between- anything can be seen, from notebooks filled with information on fossils to rockets made out of 2-liter bottles. For an hour after, we all wait for the results- anxiously hoping to make it to states.
Discovery did amazing despite a new team, coach, and captain. We came in sixth- 8 points from a trophy, and 2 slots from the state tournament. We will certainly make it next year, when we have more experience. One of our most memorable wins of the day were Tanner and Paxton’s bottle rocket, which won first place and will now proceed to states.
Discovery also plans to continue entering a duct tape event, which can be entered regardless of placement. The event is the symbol of Discovery, and entries have included a huge duct tape bridge and a Wright Brother’s plane replica.
If DHS students are interested in joining the Science Olympiad Team, and are driven and passionate about learning, please contact Mr. Schou at firstname.lastname@example.org. An interest meeting will be held in September of next year.