The MHS Science Olympiad team had a successful start to its season.
Thirteen members of the team competed in their first tournament at the Madison West Maize and Blue Science Olympiad Invitational on Saturday. Some of the events competitors participated in included forensic science, forestry, chemistry lab, disease detectives and astronomy.
Nick Lund finsihed in fourth place for his boomilever, and Michelle Xie and Asha Nandihalli also took fourth for their performance on the materials science test.
The team's next tournament will be the Edgewood College Regional in February. All teams automatically qualify for the event.
Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, said Angie Humphrey, an MHS physics teacher and one of the advisers. It consisting of a series of 23 team events including anatomy and physiology, geocaching, boomilver, gravity vehicles, chemistry lab, rocks and minerals, astronomy, circuit lab, sustainability, and technical problem solving.
"By combining events from all science disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved,'' Humphrey said. "An emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and Science Olympiad encourages group learning by designing events that develop teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students.''
The Science Olympiad is its first year at MHS and is open to all high school students with an interest science and science competitions The team meets every Wednesday. The club is advised by four MHS science teachers: Humphrey, Peter Kechele, Jackie Topp and Leah Williams.