The Northside High School Science Olympiad varsity team took part in the North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) virtual satellite tournament on February 20th and March 6th this year. The tournament featured 26 Division C varsity high school teams from across the state.
This differs from the “normal” regional tournament with local high schools in this area of the state. This year, high school teams could choose to host the virtual satellite tournament from their high school or a regional mini-SO where students competed virtually against each other from home. Northside opted for the virtual satellite tournament and participated in a total of 25 events over two Saturdays. The Northside University team placed in the top 10 of nine events in the satellite tournament. The team won first place in Bottle Rockets and will compete as the Virtual First Place Winner (FPOW) for this event at the April State Science Olympiad Virtual Tournament.
The Science Olympiad is an academic competition that is rigorous, practical, and research-based. The competition gives students an opportunity to explore different areas of science such as biology, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental sciences, physics, engineering, and technology. Students learn the importance of collaboration. You will also learn key life skills like being a problem solver, an independent thinker, as well as a supportive team player.
“The Science Olympiad challenges my students whether they are launching missiles, designing and building a boomilever or a gravity truck, trying to identify a bird from bird songs, studying forensics or fossils, or one of the other 19 topics of the study event.” said Daphne B. Cullom, Northside Science Olympiad trainer and Science Club advisor.
“Many of our team members are leaving Northside and going to college like North Carolina State University to pursue engineering or one of the many other disciplines in science.”
Below are the event highlights for the NHS SO Varsity Team 2020-21.
First place – bottle rockets Sam Vansant and Zachary Bond
Third place – Gravity Truck Caleb Jefferson and Zachary Bond
Fifth place – digital structures Sam Vansant
Sixth place – Mystery Architecture Natalie Asby and Paige Sawyer
Sixth Place – Write It, Do It Natalie Asby and Paige Sawyer
Eighth place – Fermi questions David Guy and Sam Vansant
Eighth Place – Geological Mapping Caleb Jefferson and Gus Vansant
Ninth place – Imagine these Zachary Bond and Courtney Lilley
10th place – Forensic Courtney Lilley and Karen Maldonado