I was recently reading the September-October, 2023 issue of “Connected Science Learning,” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. In this issue, I read the article “40 Years of Inspiring Students to Explore STEM: What has Science Olympiad Learned?” It was written by John F. Loehr and Jenny Kopach.
In May 2024, Science Olympiad will celebrate the 40th Annual Science Olympiad National Tournament at Michigan State University. The Olympiad has been successful over these 40 years because it has demonstrated the following four factors:
- Recognition – Students’ work and efforts are displayed and recognized in a very public fashion.
- Personal Choice – Students have the autonomy to decide how they want to be involved in the program.
- Peer and Professional Networks – Students’ passion and interest in topics is recognized and celebrated by both their peers and STEM professionals.
- Responsiveness – The 23-event structure gives Science Olympiad the flexibility to adapt to changing interests, circumstances, and needs.
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