Palo Alto High School (Santa Clara County) and Churchill Middle School (Sacramento County) took first place in their divisions at the Northern California Science Olympiad State Finals held Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Mission Oak High School in Tulare.
Twenty-four high school teams and 24 middle school teams competed in this year’s event, which was hosted by the Tulare County Office of Education in coordination with the California ScienceLeague. Both schools will represent Northern California as they advance to the National Science Olympiad competition, slated for May 17-18, 2013 at
Wright State University, in Dayton, Ohio.
The National Science Olympiad is an international, nonprofit organizationdevoted to improving the quality of science education and increasing student interest in science.
These innovations include an emphasis on high academic standards; demonstration of skills through performance testing; learning through hands-on, minds-on activities; cooperative learning through events which require teamwork; improved self-concept through success in achieving high standards; mastery learning of core curriculum goals and objectives;
making applications and connections to the real world; and integrating not only the disciplines of science but the entire spectrum of learning.
The Science Olympiad owes much of its success to the fact that it was developed by teachers for teachers and their students, and because it embodies the best of all educational research and innovation.