Kingwood teams win big at state Science Olympiad tournament
- Written by Jeffry Tupa
On May 2 and 3, students from the Creekwood and Riverwood middle schools and Kingwood High School Science Olympiad teams were among the top schools in the state competing for the honor to represent Texas at the National Tournament at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla, on May 16 and 17. Science Olympiad is a competition that encompasses a broad variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines. Categories are divided among building, lab and study events, and cover everything from astronomy to zoology, boomilevers to helicopters. Each school is permitted one team of 15 students who collectively compete in the various events. At the state level, competition is very intense, at the national level it is even more so. To be successful requires considerable commitment and dedication of the students, teachers and coaches. At the state tournament, Kingwood High School placed 6th, and in their third year as a team, Creekwood placed 15th. Riverwood Middle School received medals in 19 of the 23 events and won the 2014 Texas State Championship. As a result, Riverwood went to Nationals for the fifteenth consecutive year. To learn more about the Science Olympiad organization, visit soinc.org.