The 12th Annual Elementary Science Olympiad Draws Over 600 Students

Chattanooga, Tenn. (May 8, 2018) – Over 600 elementary students competed today in the 12th Annual Elementary Science Olympiad.  The third through fifth graders who participated spent weeks of preparation to build machines like rockets and catapults and to study various sciences in order to compete in 12 different events.  Examples of competitions include 3-2-1 Blastoff, Marshmallow Catapult, and Chopper Challenge.

The Olympiad began in 2006 as a partnership between Chattanooga State, Hamilton County Schools and Tennessee American Water to spark an interest in the sciences at an early age.

“We began this program before ‘STEM’ was mainstream, because we recognized the importance of getting kids interested in sciences at an early age,” said Tennessee American Water engineering manager Kurt Stafford.  

“The Science Olympiad is one of the most popular events that our employees help with because the enthusiasm of the students is so energizing,” said Stafford.  “We hope that these students continue their love of science into their futures as they consider career choices.”

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