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Central Magnet, Saint Rose schools emerge as Regional Science Olympiad winners [+VIDEO]

Murfreesboro’s Central Magnet School and Saint Rose of Lima Catholic School captured first place in their respective high school and middle school divisions to wrap up the 25th annual Regional Science Olympiad at MTSU Saturday, Feb. 22.

The tournament, held at various venues on the campus, found nearly 450 students competing in a combined 46 events.

Dayspring Academy eighth-graders Erik Furdui, left and Will Cordle give their Mousetrap Vehicle entry another look during the 25th annual Regional Science Olympiad at MTSU Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Science Building. The Greenbrier, Tenn., school qualified for the State Science Olympiad, which will be held April 25 in Knoxville, Tenn. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)

Dayspring Academy eighth-graders Erik Furdui, left and Will Cordle give their Mousetrap Vehicle entry another look during the 25th annual Regional Science Olympiad at MTSU Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Science Building. The Greenbrier, Tenn., school qualified for the State Science Olympiad, which will be held April 25 in Knoxville, Tenn. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)

Science Olympiad is an American team competition in which students compete in 23 events pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics and engineering.

Dr. Pat Patterson

Dr. Pat Patterson

Central Magnet finished ahead of Franklin and Smyrna in the high school division. Saint Rose placed first, Dayspring Academy of Greenbrier, Tennessee, was second, Blackman Middle third and Smyrna Middle placed fourth in the middle school category. All will advance to the State Science Olympiad Saturday, April 25, at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Pat Patterson, an MTSU chemistry professor who has served as Regional Science Olympiad director for the past 19 years, thanked the dozens of faculty and student volunteers and Bud Fischer, dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, for helping fund the event this year. Some former Science Olympiad participants coached teams in this year’s tournament.

The competition emphasizes the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Eleven middle schools and 10 high schools combined to bring nearly 30 teams to the tournament.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

Tullahoma High School students Eleni Pisinos, left, and Molly Georgas work together to put a time stamp on old rocks that were part of the fossils event Saturday, Feb. 22, in a Davis Science Building classroom during the 25th Regional Science Olympiad at MTSU. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)

Tullahoma High School students Eleni Pisinos, left, and Molly Georgas work together to determine a date for old rocks that were part of the fossils event Saturday, Feb. 22, in a Davis Science Building classroom during the 25th Regional Science Olympiad at MTSU. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)

Blackman Middle School eighth-grader Emily Oppmann, right, watches her glider in flight as teammate Madelyn Patton waits her turn during the Elastic Launched Glider competition Saturday, Feb. 22, at the 25th Regional Science Olympiad at MTSU. Blackman earned a berth in the State Science Olympiad April 25 in Knoxville, Tenn. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)

Blackman Middle School eighth-grader Rachel Oppmann, right, watches her glider in flight as teammate Madelyn Patton waits her turn during the Elastic Launched Glider competition Saturday, Feb. 22, at the 25th Regional Science Olympiad at MTSU. Blackman earned a berth in the State Science Olympiad April 25 in Knoxville, Tenn. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)

 

 


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