Science Olympiad is an afterschool program open to seventh and eighth graders who wish to further their pursuit of science. Students meet weekly throughout the year (late fall to early March) to prepare for competitions pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Interested students apply for and obtain teacher recommendations in order to participate. Fifteen applicants from each middle school are then chosen to represent each school.
The Science Olympiad National Tournament is the culmination of more than 320 regional and state tournaments each academic year. According to its website, nearly 7,600 teams in 50 states will compete head-to-head for a chance to compete against some of the brightest and most creative students at the national tournament held in Dayton, Ohio in May. “I’m not sure if our kids can make it,” Post said. “But with their tenacity and willingness to put forth tremendous effort, I wouldn’t be surprised. They believe they can do it and that gets us halfway there!”