Experience and dedication paid off for some Lakeside Middle School students, who took home first place in their third regional Georgia Science Olympiad.
“The kids that competed had been competing longer and they knew a little more about the competition and what to expect,” said Patti Grammens, science teacher.
“We worked really hard this year. Each student has to compete in at least three events or more, so they can’t be an expert in just one topic. They have to be a pretty well-rounded science student.”
Grammens took 45 students to the event, held recently at Alpharetta High School. They were divided into three teams of 15. Each selected different groups of two or three students to compete in a total of 23 events.
The challenges ran the gamut of sciences. There were building events — students constructed towers, trebuchets and a mousetrap vehicle — as well as competitions in forestry, food science, anatomy and meteorology, among others.
“We had teams from all three groups get higher scores than the other team,” Grammens said. “They all did very well. We consider this a school award and not a team award because it really reflects on all the students who attended.”
The teams were chosen based on the school’s colors — purple, white and gold.
The purple team had the highest overall score, but students on the white and gold squads fared better in certain events, Grammens said.
Before the school competes in the March 24 state competition at Southern Polytechnic State University, Grammens must select the best 15 students from all 45 teams to represent Forsyth County.
“This is my nightmare time,” she said. “… I wish I could take every student that I had because they all deserve to go.”