2011 Virginia Science Olympiad Tournament
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Randolph-Macon College hosted more than 700 middle and high school students at the
Virginia Science Olympiad State Tournament
on Saturday, March 26, 2011. Student teams were challenged by mind-boggling scientific
and mathematical problems, which included building robots and elevated bridges,
analyzing forensic crime scene evidence, and getting acquainted with turtles and
snakes. Opening ceremonies began at 8:45 a.m. and included a parade of schools participating
in the tournament.
Science Olympiad events were designed to encourage a variety of intellectual and
practical skills. Some events called for a quick recall of specific facts, while
others required concept development, a process skill, or an application of a specific
concept. Some events required students to work cooperatively to build an apparatus.
Points were assessed to each team based on national judging criteria for each event.
Ribbons and trophies were presented to the highest-scoring teams during an awards
ceremony that began at 6:15 p.m. The highest-scoring team will represent Virginia
at the National Competition on May 20 and 21, 2011 at the University of Wisconsin
at Madison. This is the 27th year of the National Competition.
The Virginia 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 through Science Olympiad tournaments and non-competitive events; incorporating
Science Olympiad into classroom curricula; and teacher training institutes.
Randolph-Macon’s science faculty gave numerous presentations throughout the day.
Ongoing campus tours were also available to include new athletic facilities and
Andrews Hall, a residence for freshmen slated to open in July 2011.
Here are the team results for the 2011 Virginia Science Olympiad Tournament:
Lake Braddock M.S.
Lake Braddock H.S.
Thomas Jefferson H.S.