Central Magnet in the high school division and St. Rose of Lima in the middle school category are scheduled to return to defend their respective titles at the 24th Regional Science Olympiad at MTSU from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 23.
Nearly 500 students and their teams will compete to earn berths in the State Science Olympiad, which is set Saturday, April 6, on the University of Tennessee-Knoxville campus.
There will be 23 events in both middle school and high school divisions throughout the day at the MTSU regional. Most of the events will take place in the Science Building, Davis Science Building and Wiser-Patten Science Hall.
Along with St. Rose, middle schools registered to compete include Blackman, Central Magnet, Christiana, Dayspring Academy, La Vergne, Providence Christian Academy, Rockvale, Rocky Fork, Smyrna Middle and the Davidson County homeschool program.
Central Magnet will be joined by registered competitors that include Blackman, Donelson Christian Academy, Father Ryan, Franklin, Page, Riverdale, Shelbyville, Smyrna, Stewarts Creek, Tullahoma and the Davidson County homeschool program.
Several schools plan to send more than one team in their respective divisions.
High school events will include “Designer Genes,” “Disease Detective,” “Code Busters” and “Sounds of Music.” Middle school events will include “Potions and Poisons,” “Dynamic Planet,” “Battery and Buggy” and “Meteorology.”
Some events are offered to both divisions.
In 2018, Central Magnet, Smyrna, Stewarts Creek and Shelbyville Central were the top four high school teams, and St. Rose, Weekday Eastside Bridge, Central Magnet and Rockvale were the top four middle schools.
MTSU faculty and students volunteer to help in the day’s events. The College of Basic and Applied Sciences also contributes to the effort.
State Farm is a major sponsor of the Regional and Elementary Science Olympiads.
“State Farm contributed $3,000 to teams registered to compete at MTSU,” said Dr. Pat Patterson, an MTSU chemistry professor and director of the Regional Science Olympiad.
State Farm agents Dana Womack and Michael Busey said they plan to attend and will help distribute awards, which are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
Founded in 1984, the Science Olympiad provides meticulous, standards-based challenges to 7,800 teams in all 50 states.
For more information about the Elementary and Regional Science Olympiads, call Patterson at 615-898-5085. The Elementary Science Olympiad will be held later this spring.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)