Brazoswood High School opened its doors on Saturday, January 21 to over 750 students in grades 5-12 from across Texas and Louisiana to take part in a Science Olympiad Invitational.
Michael Rudolf, a junior at Brazoswood organized the event. “Being in charge and the leader of a competition of this magnitude presented many challenges and learning experiences for me,” he said. Michael explained that he was mentored by Lake Jackson Intermediate Science Olympiad coach Lynn Robertson. During the months leading up to the event Ms. Robertson helped Rudolf make final preparations and with items that proved too challenging for him to accomplish alone. “Ms. Robertson has over 20 years of Science Olympiad experience, so she played a vital role in making the event a huge success,” Rudolf attested. “Without her help this event would not have been possible.”
Brazoswood Science Olympiad coaches Dr. Terry Allen and James Weaver along with parent, teacher volunteers and a host of other Brazoswood student teammates, who worked alongside them instead of competing, helped manage the large event. The event housed 51 teams, made up of 15 to 17 students each. According to Rudolf, this was the largest event Brazoswood has hosted in several years.
Science Olympiad is a cross-curricular, team-based,science competition that challenges students of all backgrounds and abilities to strive for excellence. It is one of the premier science competitions in the nation.
The competition offered all of the 56 events available to student competitors. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science and engineering disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers, and technology. The line-up of events in all STEM disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices, and energizes classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience.
Two student teams from Lake Jackson Intermediate competed in the event. Congratulations to students Neha Krishnan and Joseph Dyess who earned third place in the Science Word event; and Karim and Yousef El Youssef who placed third in Bottle Rocket.
“Brazosport ISD values academics and supports STEM education,” said Michael Rudolf. “The 200+ hours of hard work paid off. Now that the competition is over I feel relieved but also proud that I was instrumental in bringing so many different schools from all over Texas and Louisiana to Brazoswood.”
The Regional competition will be held on March 4, 2017 at North Lake College in Irving, Texas. Although students of Brazoswood High could not compete in the Invitational they hosted, they do plan to compete at the regional event.
“This experience has taught me patience, people skills, organization, administration, teamwork, and so much more! I can't wait to host another Science Olympiad Invitational next year!” Rudolf stated.
We wish all of our students the best as they take their science and engineering skills to the next level!
BISD would like to thank these donors and sponsors for helping to make this event a success:
- Dow Chemical
- PAK Petroleum Marketing
- The Polansky Law Firm PLLC
- Raising Cane’s
- Thrivent Financial
- Park Place Sports and Awards
- Gulf Coast Driving Academy
- Kroger Marketplace of Clute
- American Chemistry Society Brazosport
Riley Matteck, Abel Elizondo, Anthony McBride, Brianna Wang, John Redden, Michael Rudolf, Zachary Dobert, Camille Edwards, Gundeep Singh, Cayla Cleburn, Brian Wang
Not pictured: Brendan Fattig, Vivie Tran, Emma Nguyen, Jeffrey Sims, Fisher Fugler
Neha Krishnan and Joseph Dyess earned 3rd in Science Word; Karim and Yousef El Youssef placed 3rd in Bottle Rocket