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February 2020

Students showcase STEM skills at regional Science Olympiad competition

Arkansas State University-Newport hosted one of two regional competitions Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, for Arkansas Science Olympiad. Ten teams from seven different schools participated in the Northeast Arkansas Regional Tournament as a qualifying competition for the statewide Science Olympiad on April 11, 2020, at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. 

More than 100 junior high and high school students competed in team-based competitions including Boomilever, Chemistry Lab, Circuit Lab, Density Lab, Designer Genes, Disease Detectives, Experimental Design, Heredity, Mousetrap Vehicle, Ornithology, and Water Quality. ASU-Newport faculty and staff organized events to test skills and knowledge in biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and technology.

“We’re excited to host the Science Olympiad competition for the third consecutive year,” said Dr. Holly Smith, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. "It’s truly an amazing opportunity to witness the high school STEM talent from across our region as our faculty and staff work tirelessly to ensure an interactive day of learning at ASUN. We look forward to continuing to grow the annual Science Olympiad as well as offering additional opportunities for our school district and community partners to be a part of the great things that are happening at ASUN."

For more than 30 years, Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premier science competitions in the nation. Science Olympiad provides rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 7,800 teams in 50 states. The ever-changing lineup of events in all STEM disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices and energizes classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience.

Below are the winning schools. Click here for more photos, including the individual category winners, from the competition. 

Division B (Junior High): 

First Place: Nettleton Jr. High School
First Place: Nettleton Jr. High School

First Place: Nettleton Jr. High School
Second Place: Lisa Academy West

Third Place: Cabot Jr. High School
Third Place: Cabot Jr. High School

Division C (Senior High): 

First Place: Little Rock Central High School Gold Team
First Place: Little Rock Central High School Gold Team

Second Place: The Academies at Jonesboro
Second Place: The Academies at Jonesboro

Third Place: Nettleton High School
Third Place: Nettleton High School

Students from Cabot Junior High School, LISA Academy Chenal, LISA Academy West and Nettleton Junior High School competed in the B Division. Little Rock Central High School, Nettleton High School and The Academies at Jonesboro competed in the C Division.