Science Olympiad is a Chicago-area based, national non-profit organization founded in 1984 dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, increasing male, female and minority interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers.
The 2011 National Tournament brought together 120 winning middle school and high school teams to the University of Wisconsin Madison. These teams advanced from state-level competitions this spring. Teams competed in more than two- dozen scientific and engineering events on topics ranging from human health, ecology, chemistry, cell biology, geology and engineering.
The Science Olympiad has four divisions:
- Division A1 (grades K-3);
- Division A2 (grades 3-6);
- Division B (grades 6-9); and
- Division C (grades 9-12).
The Solon High School team coached by Donna Ross was placed first in the Division C Science Olympiad National Championship with a total score of 197 followed by Centerville High School of Ohio with a score of 203.
The Solon Middle School coached by Drew Kirian was the Division B repeat Champion with a total score of 244 followed by Marie Murphy School of Illinois with a score of 258.