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July 2, 2013 > Bay Area Elementary Science Olympiad

Bay Area Elementary Science Olympiad

Submitted By Vidya Pingali
Photos By Roshini Malempati, Monta Vista High

A record number of teams, from various parts of the Bay Area, competed in the 6th annual Elementary Science Olympiad held at American High School in Fremont on June 8. One notable aspect of this competition is that it is organized, conducted and run by local high school and college students. While participating teams prepare, judges and organizers work throughout the year, facilitating registration, selecting events, writing event rules, training the judges.

This year, 28 teams (180 elementary school students from grades four through six) participated, dressed in unique colors with cool team names printed on them.

Some of this year's events were Battery Buggy, Super Pulley, Science Jeopardy, and Experimental Design. Attendees saw teams build tall (7+ feet), ingenious pulley systems in order to raise a weight of 1kg to a height of 1 meter and creative cars that covering five meters in less than two seconds. The "Energy Box" tested competitors' knowledge of heat transfer and thermal conductivity of materials while the Experimental Design challenge required teams to spontaneously create and test a hypothesis with the given materials.

Teams also had fun competing in Science Jeopardy conducted in game show style with lock-out buzzers and "Daily Doubles." The pentathlon event tested team endurance at the end of a long day, requiring answers to science questions in tandem with a physical activity.

The event was a great success due to efforts of amazing judges, assistants, volunteers, coaches, and parents who put in the hours of effort. A special thank you goes to high school students who spent many hours in preparation for the event despite their own hectic academic schedules and intensive workloads.

More information about the Bay Area Elementary Science Olympiad can be found at: http://bayareaeso.weebly.com

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