Elementary Students Stretch Their Thinking at Jr. Science Olympiad

How do I put straws together to create a tower?  Can I take a drawing and build a model of it?  These were some of the opportunities given to elementary students to stretch their thinking on a Saturday.  The Junior Science Olympiad Fun Day was held last weekend. There were 228 students from 2nd through 5th grades who enjoyed the challenges of working on science events such as Straw Tower, Alien CSI, Park It, and Draw It, Build It.

Val Francis said, “As a parent of a second grader who participated and a middle school student who helped out, this was a wonderful experience for all involved. The excitement and sense of accomplishment the students experienced was priceless. I was in awe of the support the children had for their friends and the interaction of the older students with the younger ones. It was a true testament to their parents and teachers. What a great community of learners to be a part of!”

Yumeng Wei and Ashley Yablonsky worked hard to build a great straw tower at the Jr. Science Olympiad!

Yumeng Wei and Ashley Yablonsky worked hard to build a great straw tower at the Jr. Science Olympiad!

Thanks to Mr. Brethauer’s high school Science Olympiad team for running the events, to all of the other student and adult volunteers who assisted, and to the Elementary PTO for providing the financial support for the materials to make this a free event for all students!

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