December 2018
 

2018 Science Olympiad

2018 Science Olympiad

The 2018 Science Olympiad just recently wrapped up with 159 students from Bennington, Blair, Conestoga, Gretna, Louisville, Plattsmouth, Platteview, Ralston, and Weeping Water each competing for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in four different competitions.

This was the second year Gifford Farm Education Center hosted this event .  This year Gifford Farm hosted three days for Elementary students and two days for Middle school students.  Students from 4th to 8th grade competed as teams of two as they rotated through four sessions of competition in: Planetarium, Spheros, Agriculture, Wildlife Jeopardy, Soil & Crops, and Straw Towers.

In the Planetarium session the kids heard information about planets, galaxies, and stars before entering our StarLab Planetarium dome.  They then competed in a jeopardy style competition answering questions on space and the information we had covered. Students also worked together to learn to program and maneuver a robot through a maze in Spheros that was set up and hosted by the PLD team of ESU3.  Their goal was to get the fastest time through the maze. In the Agriculture session, the students learned about Shetland ponies, Llamas, dairy and beef cows before being tested on the information. The students learned about native Nebraska flora and fauna while competing in a jeopardy style game in Wildlife Jeopardy.  In Soil & Crops the students got their hands dirty as they learned about one of the difficulties of farm life by testing soil to determine the best soil and conditions to create a successful crop.  In Straw Towers the students worked together and competed to make the tallest and strongest tower from straws and limited other supplies.

2018 Science Olympiad

Despite some cool rainy days, the students appeared to have fun and enjoy the competitions.  One teacher commented, “I thought it was very well planned.  Everything about it was organized with kids in mind.  The adults interacted with my students well (with structure in mind, but also letting them be kids) and this is always very important to me and the success of going out of the school.  You can tell that the people at Gifford Farm truly enjoy their jobs. I appreciated that the sessions were long enough to really feel like you were able to go deep enough and have plenty of time to cover that topic, or give adequate time to keep trying with the spheros.   Often the school day does not allow for this kind of time, so I appreciate that. This was a great opportunity for my students, and I will plan to bring another group next year.”

 

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