Elementary science teams head to State Olympiad

Tue, 04/24/2007 - 3:29pm
By: The Citizen

Young Olympians showed off their scientific aptitude during the county’s annual Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO) for grades 3-5.

Teams from Fayette’s elementary schools gathered at Whitewater High last month to test their scientific skills in various categories such as Mystery Liquids, Simple Machines and Disease Detectives. Although teams were competing for the opportunity to represent the county at the Georgia ESO on May 12, the emphasis of the event was on celebrating different aspects of science through a variety of activities that generate interest, enthusiasm and passion for scientific exploration.

A total of 16 teams participated in 28 events. The following top eight finishing teams advanced to the state competition: Braelinn, Crabapple Lane, Kedron, Oak Grove, Cleveland, Fayette Intermediate School, Huddleston and Spring Hill.

Braelinn will defend its state championship title again this year as the team goes for its fourth consecutive first place finish. Crabapple Lane narrowly missed placing first last year, finishing second at the state competition.

ESO is an inquiry-based, hands-on program that covers earth, life and physical science topics. It also incorporates both engineering and technological principles in a meaningful and relevant manner. Competitors work in teams of two and compete in 18 events.

This year will mark the sixth Georgia ESO competition, which is being hosted by Kennesaw State University.

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