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SRES Science Olympiad Update

 The Sandy Ridge Science Olympiad Team is off to a fantastic start. Response from the students has been outstanding, so much so that the team has enough participants to field not only one but two teams for the June competition. Not only does this improve the odds of Sandy Ridge winning some team medals, but it also sets a strong foundation for future Science Olympiad teams at Sandy Ridge.

The team had one round of preliminary event practices before the winter break. To kick off the New Year and keep the momentum going, the team held its first team meeting on Wednesday, January 7 at Sandy Ridge. This event was a huge success with nearly the entire team attending. The kids participated in team building exercises. In the "sort and mingle" exercise, the kids answered questions and found common ground with each other. They also had a fun building exercise to build towers out of marshmallows and toothpicks in groups. Looking at some of the designs the kids came up with, Sandy Ridge appears to have quite a few aspiring engineers and architects walking its halls!!

Support from the team parents, Sandy Ridge PTA and school staff has been overwhelmingly positive. The focus of Science Olympiad is for the kids to have fun, build teamwork skills and learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Parent involvement is key to the success.
The team name is the Sandy Ridge Charging Rams. They have an awesome logo. You will see the kids wearing their team shirts to school throughout the remainder of the school year.

The regional tournament is Saturday, 6 June at UNC-Charlotte and we are looking forward to the kids having a great time, lots of fun and learning a lot along the way.

Written by: Mr. Gao, Science Olympiad Committee
Posted: Jan 15, 2015 by Jeffery Aten

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