The top 16 high school science teams in Alabama will meet at Samford University Saturday (APRIL 5) for the state Science Olympiad finals. The two winning teams will represent the state at the national Science Olympiad at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, on May 10.
To qualify for the state finals, each of the 16 teams won district competitions held in five geographic regions earlier this year.
Science Olympiad is a rigorous academic competition consisting of individual and team events, which represent the disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology.
Saturday, the teams will compete in 23 different events, ranging from launching bottle rockets to designing and building a robot capable of performing certain tasks.
The public is invited to observe any of the events, which will take place in various buildings and locations on campus. Opening ceremonies will be at 8:45 a.m. and award ceremonies at 4:45 p.m., both in Seibert Hall. Individual event locations and times can be found on the website at physics.samford.edu or by calling Samford physics professor and Olympiad coordinator Dr. Perry Tompkins at (205) 726-4121.
The 16 teams represent the following schools: John Carroll Catholic High School, Birmingham; UMS-Wright Preparatory School, Alabama School of Math/Science and St. Paul's Episcopal School, all of Mobile; Loveless AMP, Trinity Presbyterian School, and St. James School, all of Montgomery; Auburn High School, Auburn (two teams); Randolph School and Huntsville High School, both of Huntsville; Sparkman High School, Harvest; Bob Jones High school, Madison; Cherokee County High School, Centre; Sand Rock High School, Sand Rock; and Hillcrest High School, Tuscaloosa.