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Middle School students compete in Science Olympiad

By: Staff Report
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The Science Olympiad students from Twelve Bridges Middle School have been meeting every Tuesday after school with their coaches, Ms. Amalong, Gina Ford, Jennifer Hladun, JoAnn Kita, and Ms. Mosbacher (TBMS Science Teachers). The students did intensive studies in various areas of science to prepare for the Science Olympiad Competition they attended March 28 at Sacramento State University. Science Olympiad is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education by providing recognition for outstanding achievement of both students and teachers. Science Olympiad creates a passion for learning science by supporting elementary and secondary tournaments at building an emphasis on teamwork and a commitment to excellence. The competition is held to celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievement of both students and teachers in the areas of science and technology by awarding thousand of certificates, medals, trophies and scholarships. The competition at Sac State was made up of academic and builder events. The students participated in academic events that tested their knowledge in areas including amphibians and reptiles, ecology, science crime busters and reach for the stars (Astronomy), meteorology and experimental design. In the builder categories, the teams built mechanical devices to compete in robo cross(robotics), scrambler (falling mass propelled car), trajectory and elevated bridge. At the competition, the students showed how talented, focused and driven they are in both the academics and building categories. This is Twelve Bridges Middle Schools second year at the competition and they did an excellent job. Recently, the students met at Old Town Pizza in downtown Lincoln to celebrate the hard work and effort they put into preparing for the competition. The students enjoyed a great dinner with their coaches and Principal Stacey Brown, with each Olympian receiving a certificate for participation in the program.