Students from Ocean Air Elementary competed with elementary and middle schools from San Diego County Feb. 10 in the Science Olympiad regional tournament, bringing home nine medals, 12 ribbons and taking 8th place overall.
Thirty-four schools competed at the regional event, Ocean Air being the only elementary school to qualify in the top 10. This allows Ocean Air Elementary to advance to the Southern California State Science Olympiad on April 7 at the campus of Cal Tech and Polytechnic School.
Founded in 1984, Science Olympiad is one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to 7,800 teams in 50 states. Students compete in 23 events that include science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Science Olympiad is designed to increase a student’s interest in STEM fields and provide recognition for outstanding achievement in team events. Nearly 300 regional and state tournaments, as well as 100 practice invitationals, are held annually across the U.S., culminating in the annual Science Olympiad National Tournament.