Huntingdon Hosts Science Olympiad State Finals
Montgomery, Ala.—Young scientists and mathematicians from across the state will converge at Huntingdon College Saturday, March 12, for the Alabama Science Olympiad Division B (middle/junior high) and Division C (high school) state finals. Huntingdon College faculty, staff, and students and volunteers from the community will run 23 events for 13 teams in Division B and 7 events for 7 teams in Division C as the teams vie for the coveted first place trophies and subsequent advancement to national competition in the coming weeks.
Teams compete in both testing environments and in construction or demonstration of pre-constructed devices. Events that are open to public viewing include Bottle Rockets, to be launched at Huntingdon's Samford Stadium (football field) from 9:40 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and Storm the Castle, a trebuchet event in which teams launch projectiles from pre-constructed devices to hit a specified target, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Roland Arena, Roland Student Center. A complete list of event descriptions and an event schedule can be found on the College's Science Olympiad Web site at so.huntingdon.edu. See "Tentative Schedule" and "Event Descriptions" among the sub-links.
Participating Division B teams, who have already competed and won in regional competitions, include Auburn Junior High School, Baldwin Middle Magnet School, Brewton Middle School, Drake Middle School (Auburn), Florence Middle School, Holy Family School (Huntsville), Liberty Middle School (Madison), Our Lady of the Valley School (Birmingham), Randolph School (Huntsville), and W.S. Neal School (East Brewton). Participating Division C teams are Grissom High School (Huntsville), John Carroll Catholic High School (Birmingham), LAMP High School, Randolph School (Huntsville), the Saint James School, and Trinity Presbyterian School. The teams spend months—and sometimes years—studying, practicing, and preparing for the competition.
This is the eleventh consecutive year for Huntingdon to host the Division B state finals, and the first year for Division C teams to compete at Huntingdon. The Opening Ceremony for the Division B event will be held in Huntingdon's Catherine Dixon Roland Arena at Roland Student Center, 7:45 a.m.; Division C will open in the same location at 9:15 a.m. Closing ceremonies with award presentations will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Roland Arena for Division C and 4:45 p.m. in the same location for Division B.
For more information: The event is coordinated by Dr. Sid Stubbs, chair of the Huntingdon College Department of Mathematics, (334) 833-4440; and co-directed by Dr. James Daniels, associate professor of biology, (334) 833-4470.
Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K–12 science education, increasing male, female and minority interest in science, creating a technologically-literate workforce, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers. These goals are achieved by participating in Science Olympiad tournaments and non-competitive events, incorporating Science Olympiad into the classroom curriculum, and attending teacher training institutes.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. For more information, contact the Huntingdon College Office of Communications at (334) 833-4515.