This year was our second Springfield Public Schools (SPS) Elementary Science Olympiad. More than 180 students from 10 SPS elementary schools gathered Nov. 16 at Missouri State University to learn more about science.
College of Natural and Applied Sciences professors, students and staff were judges for events including egg drop and water filtration.
Ann Wallenmeyer, coordinator of science at SPS, wants students to remember that they’re scientists.
“It doesn’t matter what science level they’re at or their background, everyone can participate and do better,” Wallenmeyer said. “We give out a Science Olympiad dog tag every year for those to compete as a reminder that they’re scientists. It’s a reminder that they competed and that they’re scientists. Plus, they had fun, too.”
Wallenmeyer and Dr. Tamera Jahnke, dean of CNAS at Missouri State, were awarded the Power of One award by SPS. The award was for creating the Elementary Olympiad.