On March 24, Our Lady of Consolation (OLC) School grades six through eight competed in the 28th Annual Region 12 Science Olympiad Tournament held at Grand Valley State University. The Science Team trained under Mrs. Schuler, the eighth-grade science teacher; Mr. Parker, the middle school social studies teacher; and Mr. Lang, the middle school math teacher. The school participated in 23 events lasting throughout the entire day. OLC starting training for the science fair projects in October 2011, and training sessions were conducted on a weekly basis. There were 42 schools in attendance and over 3,000 students, coaches and family members attending the science fair. OLC competed very well in all categories. In the Catch-It event, the team of Elizabeth Urbik, Yvonne Danko and Caitlin Wilson not only brought home the gold but set a new record. Catch-It is an event where a 67-gram steel ball is dropped in intervals of 30 centimeters down a pipe. On the bottom of the pipe is a basket constructed of small wood sticks over a hole. If the wood-constructed basket catches the steel ball at 30 centimeters, the steel ball is raised to the next 30-centimeter level up. You have 10 tries or until the basket breaks until you are complete. The OLC girls completed a height of 120 centimeters until the 10 tries were completed.
Chandler Woods Charter Academy is competing in the Science Olympiad state tournament for the first time. Over 500 high school and middle school/junior high teams competed at the Science Olympiad regional competitions during February and March, and 96 advanced to the 27th Michigan State Finals to be held Saturday, May 2 on the Michigan State University campus. The MSU campus will be host to 46 competitive events in various locations. Some events are Robo-Cross, Crave the Wave, Science Crime Busters and Forensics (CSI-type events), and a variety of events in between. Team shirts, medals and trophies are all part of the discovery hoopla. State champions and runners-up will go on to the National Science Olympiad Tournament at Augusta State University in Georgia on May 15 and 16. These young people, their coaches and teachers represent a strong dedication to science education and have worked hard all year to meet the competition of their peers and win.