Knox County’s STEM students have a record to be proud of. Another year in the top five at the Kentucky Science Olympiad competition held the weekend of April 13.
“Knox Central finished top five in the state again this year,” shared Travis Mills after the overall results were announced earlier this week. “This is tied for the highest finish in school history.”
Nearly one hundred Knox students competed at the regional level and over sixty students competed at the state level for Knox Central and Knox Middle. Collectively, Knox Central and Knox Middle has the largest Science Olympiad program enrollment in the state of Kentucky.
Each year, nearly 1,000 students from around the state of Kentucky make up 100+ teams that compete in the Science Olympiad programs. All tournament competitions consist of forty-six hands-on events that represent the various disciplines of biology, environmental science, engineering, technology, chemistry, earth science, and physics.
Earning individual recognition were four Knox students. Placing first were Laura Beth Mills and Amber Brown in the event titled Disease Detectives. Earning third place honors were Abram Mills and Joe Brown in Fermi Questions.
Science Olympiad is committed to:
- Developing hands-on, standards-aligned STEM content with industry and education partners
- Providing volunteers and mentors a platform to share subject-matter expertise in relevant STEM topic areas
- Creating opportunities for student teamwork, problem solving and collaboration
- Recognizing outstanding achievement by students and teachers
- Encouraging male, female and minority students to enroll in STEM courses
- Building a strong STEM workforce
For more information about the Science Olympiad programs in the Knox County Public Schools contact Travis Mills, engineering teacher and sponsor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Carey, coordinator for Gifted and Talented at email@example.com