Virginia Science Olympiad State
Tournament Photo Gallery
More than 700 middle and high school students from 34 schools throughout the State
competed in the Virginia Science Olympiad State Tournament at Randolph-Macon College
in Ashland, Va. on Saturday, March 21, 2009. The opening ceremony included a colorful
parade of schools and a welcome by R-MC physics professor, Dr. William Franz The
keynote address was given by the Honorable L. Preston Bryant ’86, Secretary of Natural
Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia and alumnus of R-MC. Secretary Bryant
urged the students to continue to study hard because Virginia and America will depend
on them in the next decade to help address significant issues such as climate change
and the development of new alternative energy. The ceremony concluded with R-MC
Provost Bill Johnston giving the charge to each school to begin the tournament.
During breaks in the competition, many R-MC faculty provided tours of the science
labs, gave lectures and conducted an origami workshop, while the admissions staff
provided information sessions about the college and gave tours of the campus.
During this day-long competition, student teams were challenged to solve a number
of mind boggling scientific and mathematical problems which included building elevated
bridges and robots, analyzing forensic crime scene evidence, and getting acquainted
with turtles and snakes. The Science Olympiad events are designed to use a variety
of intellectual and practical skills. Some events call for a quick recall of specific
facts, while others require concept development, a process skill, or an application
of a specific concept. Points are assessed to each team based on national judging
criteria for each event.
Medals and trophies were presented to the highest scoring teams during the Closing
Ceremony. The top finishers were:
The highest scoring team for C-Division, Langley High School from McLean, Va., will
represent Virginia at the National Competition on May 15 and 16, 2009 at Augusta
State University in Augusta, Georgia. This is the 25th Anniversary of
the Science Olympiad National Tournament.
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 classroom curriculum and attending teacher training institutes.
For more information on this and other R-MC events, please contact Anne Marie Lauranzon
at 804-752-7317, firstname.lastname@example.org.